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discrimination

 [dis-krim″ĭ-na´shun]
1. the making of fine distinctions.
2. actions based on preconceived opinions without consideration of facts.
right-left discrimination the ability to differentiate one side of the body from the other.

dis·crim·i·na·tion

(dis'krim-i-nā'shŭn),
In conditioning, responding differentially, as when an organism makes one response to a reinforced stimulus and a different response to an unreinforced stimulus.
[L. discrimino, pp. -atus, to separate]

discrimination

The cognitive and sensory capacity or ability to see fine distinctions and perceive differences between objects, subjects, concepts and patterns, or possess exceptional development of the senses.

In health and social care, discrimination may relate to a conscious decision to treat a person or group differently and to deny them access to treatment or care to which they have a right.

dis·crim·i·na·tion

(dis-krim'i-nā'shŭn)
1. The act of distinguishing between different things; ability to perceive different things as different, or to respond to them differently.
2. psychology Responding differently, as when the subject responds in one way to a reinforced stimulus and in another to an unreinforced stimulus.
3. Acting differently toward some people on the basis of the social class or category to which they belong rather than their individual qualities.
[L. discrimino, pp. -atus, to separate]

dis·crim·i·na·tion

(dis-krim'i-nā'shŭn)
In conditioning, responding differentially, as when an organism makes one response to a reinforced stimulus and a different response to an unreinforced stimulus.
[L. discrimino, pp. -atus, to separate]
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* Association -- Employers cannot harass or otherwise discriminate against someone because he or she is associated with a person or organization of a particular religion or ethnicity.
The ban on federal funds going to contractors who discriminate in employment based on religion cannot be found in a single statute.
The Supreme Court has ruled that for a governmental entity (the only type of entity restricted by the constitution) to discriminate under the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, a plaintiff must prove an intent to discriminate.
Under the legislation, a USDA employee who discriminates against minority farmers or employees could be fired or fined up to $20,000.
Examples: An awareness of the body in space (spacial awareness), ability to discriminate, associate, and interpret sound (auditory awareness), ability to move in a rhythmic, patterned manner (rhythmic awareness), and ability to discriminate sizes of objects and move in various directions (directional awareness).
Unlawful Discrimination - Classifying or segregating disabled employees or job applicants in such a way that their employment or promotional opportunities are different than those of able-bodied employees is unlawful, as is letting someone else discriminate on your behalf.
The Act stipulates that private firms that provide public transportation services, and which are primarily engaged in the business of transporting people, may not discriminate against people with disabilities.
Historically, cup and immersion tests have provided adequate data to discriminate between good products and-poor performers.
A Phnom Penh man was sentenced to two years in prison on Thursday with a year suspended for 'incitement to discriminate' after posting a Facebook video rant in which he launched a tirade against the Cambodian people.
There is a list of specific reasons that might be used to discriminate (including race, sex, belief, and dress).