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Is it legal for a company to offer free coding courses to women only?

Yes, it's legal. It would be lawful discrimination on objectively and reasonably justified grounds Here's why: On the face of it, this is a case of direct discrimination contrary to Section 13 of the ...
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Is it legal for a business to refuse service to a former customer in retribution for them leaving negative online reviews of the business?

A business owner can normally refuse service for any reason unless anti-discrimination law, or some other specific law, applies. "Critic of the business" is not a protected class. Whether a ...
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Is it against the law to deny service based on (young) age?

I’ve managed to answer my own question. Age discrimination legislation only applies to over 18s: It’s only discrimination if a trader or service provider treats you unfairly because of: age - if you’...
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Is it legal to lie about an illegal requirement?

Lying may be wrong, but it in the United States, it is generally not illegal. United States v. Alvarez, 132 S. Ct. 2537, (2012). For a lie to be illegal, it generally needs to fall into one of a few ...
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Is the requirement to have any type of degree or certain amount of years worked discriminatory?

Yes. But it isn't illegal discrimination in many places. Laws against discrimination prevent the discrimination based on forbidden categories. Take the national Olympic team: They are allowed to ...
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Is it against the law to deny service based on (young) age?

My daughter was asked to leave a pet shop as she was unaccompanied by an adult and was under 14. She was in there with the intention of making a genuine purchase... It may be because the shopkeeper ...
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What are the limits of religious freedom in the workplace?

The EEOC web site has much information on this topic including summaries of close cases that have been decided in court. To determine whether allowing or continuing to permit an employee to pray, ...
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Is it lawful for banks to turn away minors?

It is age discrimination, and it is legal. There is a federal prohibition against discriminating in employment provided that you are at least 40 years old. There are innumerable laws that require age ...
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How will anyone know if an employer fires an employee for an illegal reason?

There is a rather elaborate three step analysis that is done in civil rights cases under U.S. precedents. Circumstantial evidence, as opposed to direct evidence of discrimination (which is less ...
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Conflict between a religious belief that accounts for the existence of transgender people vs. one that doesn't

The law doesn't distinguish between two Christians with divergent beliefs, or between an atheist and a Christian (obviously with divergent beliefs). The law simply does not care what religion you have,...
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I was racially abused at a public park. What legal actions can I take?

You should file a complaint with the police. If you complain to the police then they might do something. If you don't complain then they certainly won't. Are food trucks licensed? You might try ...
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Can Hollywood discriminate on the race of their actors?

Yes this is legal. Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, there is an exemption under Title VII - Equal Employment Opportunity that allows for discrimination based on a protected trait when there is a ...
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Can a private company refuse to sell a franchise to someone solely based on being black?

Can a private company refuse to sell a franchise to someone solely based on being black? No. Racial discrimination in franchising by a private company in the United States is prohibited by 42 U.S.C. §...
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Are "anti-exclusive" contracts legal?

united-states Totally legal, as long as whatever you're forbidding isn't a protected class (race, gender, etc.—the details vary by jurisdiction), or, to some degree, a pretense for one. A real-life ...
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Are homeless people protected by antidiscrimination laws?

Anti-discrimination laws apply to certain protected classes only. Homelessness (real or assumed) is not one of them, so it is perfectly legal to bar such people from your premises. It is also ...
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Can a racist business owner legally get away with saying he only wants to hire people that 'look white'?

No. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits an employer from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It is therefore generally forbidden for an employer to ...
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How is anti discrimination legislation reconciled with freedom of contract?

Freedom of contract has always been subject to current law. A contract to hire a hitman has never been legal. Neither was a contract to invade one of the royal monopolies that the English kings used ...
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Could New Jersey Really Ban Pennsylvania Drivers?

Constitution of the USA, Article IV, Section 1: Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by ...
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Are homeless people protected by antidiscrimination laws?

Homelessness is a protected class in some jurisdictions. Rhode Island and Illinois, for instance, have each adopted a "Homeless Bill of Rights" establishing the following guarantees: (1) ...
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Was Bob Dylan right in thinking that William Zantzinger's sentence was some sort of miscarriage of justice?

Was This An Egregiously Lenient Sentence? Yes. Did he get lighter punishment than he "should have" (in some sense)? Yes. A six month sentence for a non-negligent homicide was virtually ...
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Is it legal for employers to hire only native speakers?

Employment discrimination based on the initial or native language of a prospective employee is probably not lawful under US federal law. Requiring the English-language skills actually needed for a ...
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Is it lawful for banks to turn away minors?

To make a bank account you need to sign a contract. To sign a valid contract, a person needs to have the legal capacity to sign contracts. Minors are not able to sign most contracts. This is not ...
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Can English accent be part of discrimination?

The Dept. of Labor makes it easy for you: as they say, it is illegal discrimination. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Civil Rights Center (CRC), is charged with enforcing Title VII of the Civil ...
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Is mere accusation without evidence other than testimony of the accuser, grounds for arrest in the UK?

Is mere accusation without evidence other than testimony of the accuser, grounds for arrest in the UK? It depends on the circumstances, especially when dealing with non-recent allegations where ...
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Is it legal for a company to offer free coding courses to women only?

Most of these policies are illegal, though this isn't widely recognized Here's why: There are some added complexities here that Matthew's answer hasn't addressed, especially in the meanings of words ...
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Why are "no pet" clauses allowed in leases?

Not all discrimination is illegal. For instance, landlords discriminate against those who can't afford to pay the rent. They might discriminate against former tenants who destroyed several walls ...
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Can Hollywood discriminate on the race of their actors?

Contrary to another answer, as stated in footnote 13 of KNIGHT v. NASSAU COUNTY CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION: It is true that Title VII allows employees to be classified on the basis of their religion, ...
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Is the requirement to have positive attitude discriminatory?

A person suffering a mental disability is entitled to accommodations in employment. See these various sub-pages from EEOC on the ADA Amentments Act 2008, and this guidance on what an employee's rights ...
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In the US what is/are the legal definitions of 'workplace'?

In the US what is/are the legal definitions of 'workplace'? Absent a statutory or contractual definition, the plain meaning is adopted "unless doing so would result in absurd, unintended consequences"...
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