See also: Oppression | Tyrant

Table of contents 1 Introduction
2 Causes
3 Effects
4 Scope
5 Related Topics


Discimination is the suffering and unfair treatment from tyranny or bigotry experienced by an individual. Some places have laws where this behaviour is unacceptable in the workplace and other situations. Discriminatory treatment is almost always a bad thing because it creates disadvantages for individuals and is a front to human dignity. The problem for those suffering from this type of treatment is that is hard to prove or verify a victims claims.


People can also suffer discimination because of the political beliefs, sexual preference, marriage status, health status, age, etc. This unequal treatment can arise from a personal bias against someone due to an irrrelevant characteristic. Laws and rules can induce discrimination, for example, bans on gay marriages.


Discrimination includes all unfair treatment of a qualified person because of a pre-judgemed idea regarding perceived group characteristics, rather than on individual judgment. Examples of blatant discrimination include:

  • Racial Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
    • Inappropriate touching, leering
    • Constantly asking for dates
    • Suggestive comments about bodies and body parts, smutty jokes, etc
    • Treating women as sex objects
    • sexist humiliation
  • Mistreatment because of accident of birth, disability or natural condition
  • Failure to provide reasonable accommodation


Discrimination is not just about name calling, being inpolite or unfriendly. Far from it, discrimination includes intimidation, threats, saboutage, vandalism, vigilantism, and much worse. If discrimination occurs in front of large numbers of people, or broadcast to many people it becomes vilification. Vilification can result in the incitement of hatred.

Discrimination can be conducted in the workplace, in educational institutions, by the church and in many other venues. Sexual Harassment includes sexism against women, although men also suffer from sexual harassment too. Inappropriate comments can decrease productivity in the workplace.

Bullying can only consist of insulting words or crude behaviour as well as physical attack. Bullying is often used to intimidate or degrade other peers. Enlightenment and collaboration to counter discrimination achieves mixed results.

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