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Social Discriminatory Laws

Social discrimination is the difference in treatment of a person by a different class or category of individuals that it belongs to, rather than on individual characteristics and attributes.

In the recent few years, protests and laws to eliminate social discrimination have emerged. To help you out, we shall relate a few laws that protect against social discrimination. Several anti-discriminatory laws exist in our society that you need to know so as to be safe from any form of biases or to avoid being unfair to other citizens by violating these laws.

1.    Racial Profiling Laws:
Racial profiling is faced by the minorities of many ethnic and religious backgrounds. While some states have no racial profiling bans, in other states, it can be considered as criminal behavior. These laws encompass misbehavior with motorists, pedestrians or both by racial profiling. In some states, they extend this ban to religion and religious appearance. Make sure to be aware of the laws prevalent in your state.

2.    Fair Housing Act
The Fair Housing Act has undergone several amendments ever since it was enacted. According to this legislation, it is illegal for any person to refuse to rent, sell or make housing available to another person by their ethnicity, race, color, religion, sex, familial background or handicap. This Act extends to cover individuals who are suffering from some disability such as mental retardation, visual or hearing impairment, AIDS, chronic alcoholism and others. These individuals are also allowed to make changes to their home necessary for the disabled to live comfortably in the home.

3.    Voter I.D. Requirement Laws
During the elections, it was made obligatory for voters to show some identification to cast votes. This led to protests as several elderly, poor and minority voters may not have some identification to vote. That is why the I.D. requirement was lifted. It is prevalent in one state only at the moment but may spread to other countries as well. This act pertains to show that if a person lives in a territory, he or she has the fundamental right to approve the leader of that territory, whether or not he or she has the documents required.

In the light of these acts and laws, we ask you to avail your rights and be aware of where you stand and what you should expect of others.

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