Questions tagged [discrimination]

Discrimination is the favourable or unfavourable treatment of a person or thing based on criteria other than individual merit - for example, gender, race, or other categories the person or thing belongs to. Not all discrimination is unlawful.

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Is employment discrimination against obese people legal?

Some scientists have proposed links between obesity and personality traits, e.g. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2914627/ More self-controlled boys and girls are less likely to become ...
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Is the requirement to have any type of degree or certain amount of years worked discriminatory?

I am mostly curious about qualified candidates that cannot prove their skill, because they cannot get it to the interview. I'm a developer, but the question is not focused on IT. I've had two cases to ...
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Is the requirement to have positive attitude discriminatory?

Many companies list "positive attitude" as a requirement for the candidates, including job positions that have nothing to do with customer service or management (for which jobs it could be ...
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What laws allow social media companies to “choose” who to serve, but not brick-and-mortar business?

I'll say right away, I know this hot topic is politically divisive, but I'm hoping for a neutral explanation by people with experience. Social media companies (in addition to banks, payment processors,...
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Is not recognising a marriage based on gender of one person gender-based discrimination?

If a man A wants to marry B (a woman), their marriage will be recognised and certified by the authorities. But if he wants to marry C (a man), their marriage will not not certified. Is it gender-based ...
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Is mere accusation without evidence other than testimony of the accuser, grounds for arrest in the UK?

Several years ago I was stopped in public by the police. Someone had 'identified' me as abusing them in terms of their gender two years before that. Had that happened, I suppose it would have been ...
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Discrimination arguments against the Ministry of Education that imposes an ethnicity to pupil

Imagine the fictional Republic of Tratatoria is ethnically composed from Barmaliens, Turariens and Gluzariens. The Minister of Education of the Republic of Tratatoria considers himself as Gluzarien. ...
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Can a roommate be kicked out for being racist towards another roommate?

I share a rental unit with two other adults. We each have individual leases. One of them (call her Jane) is racist towards the other (call him Joe). They got along fine at first. Then suddenly Jane ...
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Can Hollywood discriminate on the race of their actors?

Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and later addenda, employers in the US "cannot discriminate" on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), ...
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Can a private company refuse to sell a franchise to someone solely based on being black?

This question was a result of a recent conversation regarding Chick-fil-A only selling their franchises to Christians. I thought that was discriminatory, but was told a private company can do anything ...
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How do affinity groups (e.g., employee resource groups) not violate discrimination laws?

A lot of companies have these, Women's groups, Black groups, LGBT groups, etc. Some of these groups are open for non-identifying folks to join (e.g., as allies) but some are not. For the ones that are ...
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Uncle Roger Brings Joy to the World or a Type Harrassment?

Title refers, Uncle Roger is getting more famous recently by doing YouTube shows reviewing other chefs' cooking especially on Chinese Fried Rice. In July 2020, he went viral globally from his ...
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What legal precedents exist in the US for discrimination against men?

What legal precedent if any, exists for men who have been discriminated against, on the basis of being men?
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Can a US company ask prospective American employees, contractors or partners about their country of birth?

I decided recently to sign up as a seller on Amazon.com. The first step of the registration process however, asks about the applicants "Country of Birth". Is this legal? That seems to ...
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Are “anti-exclusive” contracts legal?

Is it legal to have an "anti-exclusive" contract? By anti-exclusive, I mean a contract that says, for example: "This software can be used on any platform EXCEPT for X" For a real ...
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What actions can I take for discriminating against me (a right wing conservative) on job applications?

Say, I was denied several Jobs because of my beliefs as a right wing nationalist. I have made some comments in the past with regards to certain groups (mostly on Immigrants and Muslims). I've deleted ...
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Are benefits available only to people with certain mental health conditions legal in the UK?

I work in the UK. Recently, my employer introduced benefits for people with certain medical conditions (including mental health problems)—i.e., only people suffering from the condition would receive ...
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What happens when a public institution in the US engages in segregation?

After the passage of Civil Rights Act what's the formal process to bring charges against schools, government institutions, or businesses that engage in segregation or other variations of "...
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Discrimination outside protected characteristics?

I am an avid community user for a paid software. The users buy the software, but not access to support. The company makes a strong use of the friendly community in their product advertisements. The ...
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Is it an offence if the target of racism only appears to be of/from a different race, colour or national or ethnic origin?

Background This question was inspired by I was racially abused at a public park. What legal actions can I take?, although I am not asking specifically about that case. In that question someone, in ...
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I was racially abused at a public park. What legal actions can I take?

I was racially abused at a public park. Basically out of no where he called me a terrorist. I ignored him. After a while he came directly to me and ask me to go away and said this is Australia. The ...
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HR is suddenly changing their opinion. Can this be considered an act of discrimination?

I had an email conversation with a HR considering an upcoming job interview that I was supposed to be scheduled for. In my last email I mentioned that I have a neurological condition that requires ...
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Is it legal for a public US university to advise its employees to purchase from businesses owned by people of color?

A public US university I'm familiar with is promoting an anti-racism initiative. As part of this initiative, a web article posted on the university's diversity web portal (which was advertised in an ...
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Is it lawful for banks to turn away minors?

Is it okay for a bank to turn away minors solely based on age even if they have a parent/guardian to sign/co-sign on the minor's behalf? Would it be considered age discrimination?
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If an allegation is approved, does it mean that the statistics cited in the allegation is correct?

For an example excerpt, see the Schwake v. Arizona case, page 15: The University contends that the allegations of genderbased decisionmaking are conclusory because they lack the detail of the ...
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Does an HOA have a legal duty to treat all members equally?

Suppose several members of a community put up landscaping lighting along their driveway. Some time later a member files a request to place similar lighting along their own driveway, but is denied ...
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Ethnic discrimination in education by the State

I found a petition on the potential ethnic discrimination/division of children by the national Ministry of Education. The case describes a possible ethnic discrimination by the Ministry of Education ...
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How will anyone know if an employer fires an employee for an illegal reason?

From the Wiki article "At-Will Employment": At-will employment is a term used in U.S. labor law for contractual relationships in which an employee can be dismissed by an employer for any ...
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Is it legal for a company to offer free coding courses to women only?

A company is offering free coding courses to women and non-binary individuals only. Is this kind of sex-based discrimination legal?
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Can Walmart ban shoppers who wear Nazi face masks from entering in California?

Description of incident The last paragraph is the one I'm interested in: Walmart says the trespass notices issued to the couple prevent them from visiting any Walmart facility for at least one year. ...
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Can a White Person sue for Discrimination after being Fired for using the N-Word?

After the landmark Bostock v. Clayton County ruling, I am asking for a friend if he has an action against an employer who fired him for using the N-word on 3 occasions as well as uttering "my ...
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Is selling products at different prices depending on gender possible?

I noticed that a French nightclub in Nice (France) sold products at different prices according to the sex of the customers and according to their clothes, indeed women paid less for nightclub's ticket ...
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Is taking gender into account in university rankings is considered as incitement to sexist discrimination following French laws?

I have noticed that for some time in France, most of the university rankings have taken into account the percentage of women and men in the scores assigned to establishments (the closer the percentage ...
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Legality of not-so-obvious rental discrimination

I'm a non-German working in north-west Germany since a couple of years. I was searching for housing for about a month or so, but never got replies from landlords regarding appointments. The only ...
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Will the supreme court ruling in favour of LGBTQIA+ protection from discrimination have effect on the 2018 ruling in favour of the bakery in Colorado?

There have been numerous debates about whether religion justifies a reason for refusing to provide service to a group of individuals, but last week, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld in a ...
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Can a discrimination act be a charge filed by a prosecutor?

Can a discrimination, e.g. based on gender, race or age, charge be filed by a prosecutor or a prosecutor's office in the US?
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Pay a company to refuse business with a specific individual?

Can I pay an apartment complex to refuse business with a specific individual? Or more generally, can I pay any company to refuse business with any specific individual? I believe that this would be ...
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In the US what is/are the legal definitions of 'workplace'?

According to this online USA guidance many US states give smokers the same sort of anti-discrimination class as for example pregnant mothers or other groups. Most states have some laws that protect ...
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Is employment discrimination crime, or tort, or what?

I just learned that, in the US, literally asking certain questions on a job interview (as opposed to making discriminatory decisions based on the answers to those questions) is illegal (as found here ...
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Job interview according to the laws of Washington State, USA

According to the laws of Washington State, USA; 1) Is it legal for a person to be asked their preferred pronouns during an candidate job interview? 2) Is it legal for a company to ask anything that ...
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Is a shopowner in Thailand allowed to ban someone from entering their shop on the grounds of their citizenship?

I read on https://twitter.com/RichardBarrow/status/1247426702214451201 (mirror): As a foreigner, it’s a good idea to carry your passport around with you. Some places like banks won’t let foreigners ...
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Color-blind handicap discrimination and EU law?

Every year in the USA, nearly 700,000 car accidents are reported by police as stop sign violations, accounting for 2/3rds of crashes. Stop signs are mostly red and for the 4.5% of people that are ...
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Is it “reasonable” to discriminate on the basis of “experience” in employment (anti-discrimination law)

Anti-discrimination statutes in most Western jurisdictions prohibit a broad range of age discrimination in employment. So far as I can see, most statutes of this kind draw a distinction between ...
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Exploratory: discrimination against character trait

What is the rationale for the scope of what EEOC prohibits discrimination against? More precisely, I have been fired for a trait of character (pessimism) that seems to me to be as much an integral &...
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Pregnancy discrimination. Wife asked (but not forced) to quit job. What further actions can we take? [closed]

Not long after my wife informed her Lead she was pregnant, the Lead sat her down and encouraged her to consider quitting in order to be with the family. We plan to go to the HR department about this ...
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What constitutes as a place of “Public Accommodation”

In most anti-discrimination law, the term "public accommodation" comes up a lot, but the definition is vague at best. From what I gather it refers to all public (government-owned) establishments and ...
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Is it possible to charge two prices based on sexism

This is about Sri Lanka and business. A GYM sport business place(PowerWorld). Is it possible to advertise discriminant charges based on the gender. For females it's around : 7000/- LKR and for males ...
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Is it illegal to refuse a man to enter a Women's Only Poker Tournament?

I read a story about men entering women's only poker tournaments. One example from the article states that eight men joined the field of over 1000 female poker players in the $1,000 buy-in 2009 WSOP ...
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Can a prospective employer require you to pay to take a test as part of an interview?

I just red this question about having to pay to take a test for an interview. Is it legal? Must an employer reimburse? In general this site says an employer can't charge you a fee to start work.
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Discrimination against male cheerleaders

I'm sure the average NFL fan prefers to watch female cheerleaders, but how does hiring only women comply with our Civil Rights Act (which outlaws discrimination based on sex)? For the record, some ...