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38. Discrimination/Employment

Discrimination is referred to as the unequal treatment of persons, for a reason which has nothing to do with legal rights or ability. Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, wages, right to promotion, educational access, civil rights, and use of facilities based on race, nationality, creed, color, age, sex, or sexual orientation. The rights to protest alleged discrimination or enforce one’s rights to equal treatment are provided in various federal and state laws, which allow for private lawsuits with the right to damages. There are also federal and state commissions to investigate and enforce equal rights.