Discrimination (disambiguation)

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Discrimination is an act of prejudice in which members of one group are treated differently from those in another group.

Discrimination may also refer to:


  • Ageism, based on age
  • Classism, or class discrimination, based on social class
  • Discrimination based on skin color, or colorism, in which human beings are treated differently based on the social meanings attached to skin color
  • Economic discrimination, based on economic factors
  • Genetic discrimination, when people are treated differently because they have or are perceived to have a gene mutation that causes or increases the risk of an inherited disorder
  • Height discrimination or heightism, based on height
  • Homophobia, a range of negative attitudes and feelings toward homosexuality or people who are identified or perceived as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT)
  • Linguistic discrimination, the unfair treatment of an individual based solely on that individual's use of language
  • Lookism, the positive stereotypes and preferential treatment given to physically attractive people, or more generally to people whose appearance matches cultural preferences
  • Racism, based on social perceptions of racial differences between people
  • Religious discrimination, valuing or treating a person or group differently because of that person's or group's beliefs
  • Sectarian discrimination, bigotry, discrimination or hatred arising from attaching importance to perceived differences between subdivisions within a group
  • Sexism, or gender discrimination, based on a person's sex or gender
  • Speciesism, based on the species the individual belongs to
  • Transphobia, a range of negative attitudes against transsexuality and transsexual or transgender people
  • Untouchability, the practice of ostracizing a group by segregating its members from the mainstream by social custom or legal mandate


Discrimination associated specifically with business-related practices.

  • Data discrimination, the selective filtering of information
  • Employment discrimination, a business practice in which employers hire or terminate employees based on factors unrelated to performance or skill
  • Housing discrimination, real estate and housing rental, sales, lending, or mortgage discrimination
  • Institutionalized discrimination, the unjust treatment of an individual or group of individuals by organizations and other societal entities
    • Mortgage discrimination, the practice of banks, governments or other lending institutions denying loans to one or more groups of people
  • Nepotism, favoritism granted to relatives in politics or business
  • Price discrimination, or price differentiation, a pricing strategy where identical or similar goods or services are transacted at different prices by the same provider in different markets or territories


  • Anti-discrimination law, a law on the right of people to be treated equally
  • Equality before the law, the principle under which all people are subject to the same laws of justice
  • Labour law, mediating the relationship between employees, employers, trade unions and the government

Science and research[edit]


  • Taste (sociology), specifically taste discrimination in distinguishing goods by their quality