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Discrimination

Discrimination is the unequal treatment of persons, for a reason which has nothing to do with legal rights or ability. State and federal laws forbid discrimination in housing availability, employment, right to promotion, rates of pay, civil rights, educational opportunities, and the use of facilities based upon nationality, creed, race, color, sex, age, or sexual orientation. A variety of federal and state laws allow private parties with the right to pursue a lawsuit and seek damages by protesting discrimination and enforcing one's right to equal treatment. Federal and state commissions investigate and enforce equal rights.