Discrimination Is An Action Or Practice? Essay

704 Words Apr 29th, 2016 3 Pages
Discrimination is an action or practice that excludes disadvantages or merely differentiates between individuals or groups of individuals on the basis of some ascribed or perceived trait. There are different types of discrimination to include; direct, indirect, individual and societal discrimination. Direct discrimination is usually obvious such as being asked in a job interview whether you have children. When you tell the interview that you have four children, she makes a remark about you needing a lot of time off work if they are sick, and says that you will not be suitable for the position. Indirect discrimination is less obvious, sometimes a policy or rule seems fair because it applies to everyone equally, but when taking a closer look it can be seen that some people are being treated unfairly. An example of this is, when an employer has a policy of not allowing any staff to work part-time, people with children or family responsibilities could be at a disadvantage. Individual discrimination occurs when an individual member of a given group treats another individual of a different group in a discriminatory manner. For example, people can have a negative attitude towards an individual of a different race. Societal discrimination is what happened during world war two when Hitler stigmatised the Jews and the rest of society followed suit resulting in discrimination and marginalisation.

There are different process of discrimination; stereotyping is a widely held but fixed…

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