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- Define discrimination.
- Identify the various forms of discrimination.

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This response will give you inputs to your "discussion notes for discrimination".

Note: At the beginning part of your paper, make an opening statement on discrimination and why it is undesirable. It is better if you can find an appropriate quotation on discrimination as the opening statement.

Example quotations:

"Any discrimination, like sharp turns in a road, becomes critical because of the tremendous speed at which we are traveling into the high-tech world of a service economy".
-Clarence Thomas

Or a quotation like,
"Discrimination is a disease".
- Roger Staubach

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Various definitions of discrimination:

1.) "Discrimination is an action that treats people unfairly because of their membership in a particular group. The grounds of discrimination include: race, ethnicity, nationality/citizenship, language, gender, religion, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, age, social status, and so forth" (CIDG, 2012).

2.) The International Labor Office(n.d.) defined discrimination as " treating people differently and less favourably because of characteristics that are not related to their merit or the requirements of the job. These characteristics include race, colour, sex, religion, political opinion, national extraction and social origin".

3.) Amnesty International (n.d.) noted that the UN Human Rights Committee defined discrimination as "any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference which is based on any ground such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, and which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by all persons, on an equal footing, of all rights and freedoms".

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