Discrimination (Sociology)

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  • The practice of distinguishing between individuals or groups based on prejudicial determinations. Discrimination also refers to exclusion, rejection, and negative treatment related to bigotry. To discriminate is to treat people unfairly or differently by reason of characteristics, stereotypes, and biases. Discrimination is to participate in, or be subjected to, selective treatment. Laws vary by jurisdiction. But it is commonly illegal to discriminate or treat people differently based on certain attributes, including race, disability, ethnicity, gender, age, and sexual orientation.

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