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What is discrimination?

Discrimination means noting the difference between things.

We discriminate every day when we make choices. For example, if you were buying a car, you would need to factor in your budget, the make and model of the car, and so on.

Discrimination is not always wrong but some discrimination is unfair and can be against the law. It is unlawful to discriminate against people because of their personal characteristics or because they belong to a certain group.

Equal opportunity is a positive way of describing the absence of discrimination. People are provided with equal opportunity if they are not discriminated against because of irrelevant characteristics.

This section outlines the types of discrimination that are against the law and where unlawful discrimination can occur.

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