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Direct and indirect discrimination:
« on: July 23, 2015, 04:49:16 PM »
Direct discrimination is easier to detect than indirect discrimination. This is the case where the employee or job applicant is directly discriminated against, e.g. “you are not appointed because you are pregnant”.

The act is clearly unfair as the reason itself is unfair.

Indirect discrimination is a subtler form of discrimination. The act itself seems fair, however when the effect thereof is investigated, it is clearly also discriminatory. For example: The employer makes a rule that its marketing department may only participate in functions with clients on Friday afternoons from 12:00 to 16:00. This seems fair from an operational view point; however, the indirect effect thereof is that the Muslim employees will be excluded from the marketing opportunities as they have religious activities on a Friday afternoon. Another example is an employer advertising a position for a prison warden to be of a certain height and weight, which might be discriminatory to women.


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