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Discrimination

To make distinction on the basis of race, color, caste, creed, sex, nationality, etc. without regard to merit can be termed as Discrimination.

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Distinctions between people that are based just on individual merit (such as personal achievement, skill or ability), are generally not considered Discriminatory.

Social theories such as Egalitarianism claim that social equality should prevail. In some societies, such as the U.S.A., each individual’s civil rights include the right to be free from Government Sponsored Social Discrimination. Discrimination may not be officially endorsed yet remain an actuality in practice.

Some of the popular and Prevalent Discriminations are:

Racial Discrimination: It means discrimination on the basis of race. The term race distinguishes one population of humans (or non-humans) from another. The most widely used human racial categories are controversially based on visible traits (especially skin color and facial features), genes, and self-identification.

Religious Discrimination: Religious Discrimination is the social differentiation of individuals on the basis of their religious beliefs, faith or affiliation.

Gender Discrimination: Gender discrimination is any action that grants or denies opportunities, privileges, or rewards to a person just on the basis of their sex.

The ‘Glass Ceiling’ commission of United States has observed that between 95 and 97 percent of senior managers in the country’s biggest corporations are men. The term ‘Glass Ceiling’ is used to describe the process by which women are barred from promotion by means of an invisible barrier.

There are many legitimate reasons- such as a bad credit report, unstable employment history or bad prior landlord references- for a landlord to reject you as a tenant.

But it’s Illegal for a Landlord to treat a Tenant differently because of:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Handicap
  • Marital status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Family status (such as whether you have children)

The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits landlords from discriminating by:

  • Advertising for a preference for a particular skin type, religion and so forth
  • Having different standards (on credit checks, financially or otherwise) for different groups of prospective tenants
  • Refusing to rent to certain types of people
  • Ending a tenancy for discriminatory reasons
  • State laws differ, so it’s important to check your Local Fair Housing Laws.
Disability Discrimination

Federal Laws prevent a landlord from discriminating against a disabled person, whether their disability is physical or mental. A potential landlord isn’t allowed to ask questions about your disability or ask for proof of your disability.

  • A potential landlord may, however, screen disabled applicants according to the same financial standards and other criteria as anyone else.
  • A landlord must accommodate a disabled person’s needs, at the landlord’s expense. This may include:
  • Installing a ramp for wheelchair access
  • Providing close parking if parking is provided to other tenants
  • Modifying kitchens by lowering countertops and installing more accessible and safer appliances and plumbing.

A landlord doesn’t have to make modifications that would make the space unusable by a future tenant. One compromise is to make accommodations temporary, so that they can be removed at the end of your lease. The landlord must approve any tenant improvements ahead of time.

The landlord is entitled to ask for medical proof that the modification is necessary, such as a note from your doctor. The doctor doesn’t have to explain why you need the accommodation, only that the modification is necessary.

Are you suffering from any Type of Discrimination in your workplace or home? Most of us silently suffer indiscriminating policies followed at work place because of race, color, sex, nationality, etc. as we are not aware of our rights. And even if we are aware we fear intricacies and tensions involved in legal proceedings.

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