Discrimination is the act of giving an employee or potential employee an unfair advantage or disadvantage in the workplace based on his or her gender, age, creed or religion, political affiliation, handicap, marital status, or ethnicity. In some states, it is also considered discrimination when these advantages or disadvantages are based on sexuality or arrest or conviction record. Discrimination laws cover recruiting and hiring, training, promotion, and pay of employees. When a company is found in violation of discrimination laws, it not only must rectify the situation and pay compensation to the disadvantages, but will usually also incur high court costs and fines.
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