Positive Discrimination

Positive Discrimination occurs when an employer treats a worker or group of workers more favourably than others and the difference is specifically related to their gender, race, religion etc.  It is the opposite of treating others less favourably on the grounds of their race etc, but the outcome is the same – one group or individual feels they have been treated less favourably.  It is unlawful in most cases, although there are exceptions; for example, positive discrimination in relation to job training does not necessarily amount to racial discrimination where it is to address a racial imbalance in a workforce.

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