Discrimination occurs when someone makes an unfavorable distinction between a person and other people. These distinctions are usually made based on some cultural, racial, sexual, or other biases. This type of discrimination is against the law in most cases and is called “invidious discrimination.”

Invidious discrimination applies a differentiation scale to people who belong or who appear to belong to certain groups. This type of discrimination is an unfair and often illegal practice that can go on daily in many different forms. Invidious discrimination is often committed based on age, gender, sexual orientation, race, skin color, religion, social status, abilities, physical characteristics, mental illness, and more.

Invidious discrimination is a form of distinction that makes a line between one group and another group. The group discriminated against is generally seen as being lacking, lower, or deficient in some way. An individual, group, political body, or business can practice invidious discrimination. 

When this type of discrimination occurs, the ramifications can range from a slight discomfort to even murder or death. If institutionalized discrimination occurs, a large number of people are often affected. A disastrous example of institutionalized discrimination is slavery, where certain persons who are related to slaves are treated as non-citizens, or even in some cases, inhumanely.

Religious discrimination occurs in many forms as well. There are several countries that have serious laws banning certain religions from practicing. When an individual acts differently toward another based on some preconceived notion regarding the other’s religion, that is a form of discrimination. This type of discrimination can range from avoiding the person on a street to murder.

Ageism occurs when invidious discrimination takes place against someone based on his or her age. This type of discrimination occurs frequently in day-to-day social settings, applying for jobs, and unfair targeting of youth by law enforcement or other adults in an authoritative role. 

In job related invidious discrimination, the person may not be promoted, may have a lower salary scale, or may not be hired based on some assumption the job recruiter or business has against the person.

Often, persons who are victimized by discriminatory acts are unaware that they have legal rights that give them the power of retribution. Only an experienced discrimination lawyer can discern where acts of discrimination took place and what they affected.  When a person’s rights are disregarded, that person is owed a restitution of some sort, whether monetary or otherwise. If you or someone you know has been the victim of discrimination, you should contact a lawyer for a free consultation through this Web site.

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