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Existence of Discrimination
Discrimination happens to be exhibited in many ways and different settings. Some of the reasons people discriminate are race, belief, sexual preference, employment, religion, gender, size, and even a person health status. Usually the person that discriminates has a narcissistic behavior and preoccupied with issues of power, vanity, and personal adequacy. Their disorder and ignorance of what the discriminator doesn’t understand, fuels their negative feelings. Many times the basic root of discrimination is heredity, passed down from generation to generation, which also makes it easier to keep discrimination alive. People experience discrimination in a variety of settings like work, school, church, stores, courts, neighborhoods, hospitals, etc. Discrimination exists just about everywhere.

The opposition would say that discrimination could not exist because of the Civil Rights act the as passed in 1964. “Civil Rights Act forbade discrimination on basis of sex as well as race n hiring, promoting and firing” (National Archives). Under this act employers cannot discriminate during their hiring and firing process. On the contrary, there are employers out there who discriminate during their hiring process. I have experienced discrimination in the hiring process. I applied a subway restaurant and got rejected. The interviewer told me that I do not meet their criteria even though I had 3 years of experience. Two days later my friend told me that they hired an American girl who had no experience. The employer rejected me just because my skin tone. This example proves that discrimination still exists. Another example of discrimination is at my work place. I got accepted to Tim Hortons, and it was my first month, and the manger started unfair treatment toward me. I had been trained properly and was working according to the instructions given to me. The manager would always come in and start yelling at me saying: “U didn't do this and u didn't do that.” She would always find mistakes in everything I do, but would never even checked on others. Her discriminating behavior was visible. These examples prove that even if the Civil Rights Act was passed, not everybody follows it.

Employees are discriminated when it comes to payments. The Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963. “Equal Pay Act of 1963 (Pub. L. 88-38) (EPA), as amended, as it appears in volume 29 of the United States Code, at section 206(d). The EPA...and which is administered and enforced by the EEOC, prohibits sex-based wage discrimination between men and women in the same establishment who perform jobs that require substantially equal skill, effort and responsibility under similar working conditions” (US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). The opponents might say that it is illegal for the employers to have differences in wages due to difference in gender or race. The employer might not do that, as it is illegal and might cost them more than what they earned from paying less. I have experienced discrimination in wages. I worked at McDonalds for a month, and then I quit. The reason for quitting was, because the employer was not paying me the minimum wage. He was, in-fact, paying me 25 cent less than other employees working there. The reason he was paying me less was because I am brown, and others weren’t. Another instance, where employers are not far with their payments to their employees, according to the statistics: “In every nation, woman averages less pay than men. In the United States, full-time working women average only 70% of what men make” (Henslin 309). When women are working the equivalent job as men, they are still not getting paid equally. Women has to work more to earn the amount that men from regular work. Women have made tremendous progress when it comes to women’s suffrage and women’s rights, but still get paid less in the work force than men. When women have the same jobs as men, this is completely unfair. If they do the...
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