Discrimination Is The Unjust Or Prejudicial Treatment Essay

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According to the online Oxford Dictionary, discrimination is the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age or sex. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, part of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, protects against discrimination based upon several criteria. It was expanded to not only protect against discrimination in the workplace but in the educational system as well. Understanding the sociological reasoning behind discrimination will help to develop ways to identify, treat, or control discrimination within the United States. In the United States, gender, race and age discrimination has been a sociological issue for generations.
Gender discrimination can go as far back as the 1800’s where the men were considered the bread winners by working the fields and tending to the animals to earn money to support the family, while the women’s role was to support the household by cleaning the house, cooking and baking, teaching or educating the children, and some minor yard chores. Women did not work in any roles that did fluctuated away from the natural jobs that women did in families. They may have worked in restaurants cooking and cleaning or even teach in schools, however, for a woman to do manual work it was very much frowned upon. Gender equality has come a long way since then, however, there is still the perception of superiority of the male race. Men are routinely paid more for the…

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