Discrimination

Discrimination Frequently Asked Questions

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What is discrimination?

The word discrimination is often used to mean illegal discriminatory acts. Discrimination simply means noticing the differences between things or people that are otherwise alike, and making decisions based on those differences. Discrimination is differential treatment of a person by category, class or group rather than objective treatment on the basis of merit. Under equal employment opportunity law, it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis that is protected including race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, height, weight, genetic information, or marital status, disability, or veteran status. Discrimination can be intentional or unintentional.

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What is a protected class?

A protected class is identified by the characteristic that the people within the class share, such as race or religion. A protected class is a group that is protected from employment discrimination by law. These groups include race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, height, weight, genetic information, or marital status, disability, or veteran status.

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What types of discrimination are prohibited?

Examples of prohibited discrimination may include, but are not limited to:

  • denying raises, benefits, promotions, leadership opportunities or performance evaluations on the basis of a person's gender, gender identity or gender expression, pregnancy, race, color, national origin or ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion, veteran status, height, weight, genetic information or marital status.
  • preventing any person from using University facilities or services because of that person's gender, gender identity or gender expression, pregnancy, race, color, national origin or ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion, veteran status, height, weight, genetic information or marital status.
  • making determinations regarding a person's salary based on gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, race, color, national origin or ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion, veteran status, height, weight, genetic information or marital status.
  • denying a person access to an educational program based on that person's gender, gender identity or gender expression, pregnancy, race, color, national origin or ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion, veteran status, height, weight, genetic information or marital status.
  • instigating or allowing an environment that is unwelcoming or hostile based on a person's gender, gender identity or gender expression, pregnancy, race, color, national origin or ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion, veteran status, height, weight, genetic information or marital status.