Discrimination is treatment that burdens or disadvantages someone with no reasonable justification and where these disadvantages are related to one’s race, colour, place of origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, mental disability, physical disability, sex, age, religion, family status, and marital status. Discrimination involves unfair or different treatment for reasons unrelated to academic or employment performance.
It can be a comment or behaviour that is unwelcome or that has a negative impact on the person whether the person intended it or not. Harassment can be either a single, serious incident or a pattern of related, repeated incidents.
Examples of discrimination include:
- Racist, sexist, or homophobic jokes or remarks
- Repeated advances from someone after you have indicated a lack of interest (verbally, by email, texting or through other forms of social media)
- Being mocked for your accent, culture, or religion
- Consistently being mis-gendered or referred to intentionally with the wrong pronoun
- Not being allowed to reschedule an exam when the exam date conflicts with your religious or spiritual observance
- Being denied the appropriate accommodations if you have a disability
- Receiving a negative evaluation because the instructor disapproves of your sexual orientation or cultural perspective