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10 Examples Of Discrimination In The United States

Updated on June 12, 2014

Discrimination is a curious topic in the United States as people discriminate openly and covertly. Many are treated unfairly based on their race, religion, gender, age, and a number of other factors. The ten main areas of discrimination in the U.S. include the following:


1. Race

It is believed race is the top discriminator in the country. The United States has been and is one of the greatest nations and has diversity unlike any other.

This uniqueness should be welcomed but, sadly, many are treated unjustly and with prejudice based on the differences of their skin color. This form of discrimination occurs in the education system, the workplace, and even in religious and other institutions.

2. Religion

Religion is another form of discrimination. Many treat others differently because of their beliefs and even their appearances, such as the religious apparel of Jewish men or Muslim women.

Religious discrimination also occurs across different religions or within the same religion. Such as the many religious groups or congregations in America that are segregated within the same denominations.

3. Gender

Discrimination regarding the gender of a person not only happens to women being mistreated by men in the workplace, but it also occurs in many other instances, which can result in sexual harassment.


4. Age

A person can also be unfairly treated because of their age. Age is a discriminating factor that often affects the elderly in the workplace.

5. Disabilities

People with physical or mental disabilities are often discriminated against. Employers or coworkers and others may believe people with disabilities are less capable of performing or carrying out tasks.

6. Weight

Likewise, weight is another discriminator. People who are overweight or obese are treated unfairly in a number of ways. Such as, even in public, some purposely avoid making eye contact with a person who is obese; although, such a practice may be subtle it is still a form of discrimination.

7. Stature

Height as in being very tall or short can cause people to be mistreated because a taller or shorter person may be judged on their stature instead of their abilities or personality.

8. Speech

Speech and language are discriminating factors that occur when a person is wrongly treated because of the language they speak or because of their accent.

9. Employment

Discrimination in the workplace regarding equal pay occurs among men and women, especially minorities. However, there are laws that prohibit workplace discrimination and these “laws seek to prevent discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, physical disability, and age by employers (Employment Discrimination, 2013).”


10. National Origin

Like with the issues of race, people can be discriminated against because of their national origin. “National origin discrimination involves treating people (applicants or employees) unfavorably because they are from a particular country or part of the world, because of ethnicity or accent, or because they appear to be of a certain ethnic background (even if they are not) (National Origin, 2013).”

Unfortunately, there are other areas of discrimination occurring in society. However, we can make efforts to move towards equality.



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    • pramodgokhale profile image

      pramodgokhale 3 years ago from Pune( India)

      I am an Indian and our country is known as plural nation with diversified by its set up.

      If USA is facing these problems then it is nothing new for us.India with multi religious,multi-lingual. caste and tribes and races too is coping with this situation.

      It will take long time for human race to eliminate inequalities and disparity, but we can try and change if we do by heart.