Anti-discrimination law
Anti-discrimination law refers to the law on people's right to be treated equally
Equality before the law
Equality before the law or equality under the law or legal egalitarianism is the principle under which each individual is subject to the same laws....

. Some countries mandate that in employment, in consumer transactions and in political participation people may be dealt with on an equal basis regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality and sometimes religion and political views.

Examples of anti-discrimination law include,
  • Age Discrimination Act of 1975
    Age Discrimination Act of 1975
    Age Discrimination Act of 1975 is a law which prohibits discrimination based on age in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance, for instance, financial assistance to schools and colleges, provided by U.S. Department of Education....

  • Racial Discrimination Act 1975
    Racial Discrimination Act 1975
    The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 is a statute passed by the Australian Parliament during the Prime Ministership of Labor Gough Whitlam....

  • Disability discrimination act
    Disability discrimination act
    In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, a number of countries have passed laws aimed at reducing discrimination against people with disabilities. These laws have begun to appear as the notion of civil rights has become more influential globally, and follow other forms of anti-discrimination and...

  • Anti-Discrimination Act 1977
    Anti-Discrimination Act 1977
    The Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 is an Act of the NSW Parliament, relating to discrimination in employment, the public education system, delivery of goods and services, and other services such as banking, health care, property and night clubs....

  • Title IX
    Title IX
    Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a United States law, enacted on June 23, 1972, that amended Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In 2002 it was renamed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, in honor of its principal author Congresswoman Mink, but is most...

Notable Exceptions

One notable exception provided for in many nations is the exclusion of women from holding certain positions in the military, such as serving in front line combat capacities or aboard submarines. The reason given varies, for example, the British Royal Navy
Royal Navy
The Royal Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. Founded in the 16th century, it is the oldest service branch and is known as the Senior Service...

 cite the reason for not allowing women to serve aboard submarines as medical and related to the safety of an unborn foetus, rather than that of combat effectiveness.

See also

  • List of anti-discrimination acts
  • Labour law
    Labour law
    Labour law is the body of laws, administrative rulings, and precedents which address the legal rights of, and restrictions on, working people and their organizations. As such, it mediates many aspects of the relationship between trade unions, employers and employees...

  • Anti-discrimination laws in Brazil
    Anti-discrimination laws in Brazil
    Anti-discrimination laws in Brazil are present in the Constitution of Brazil, in the Labour law, in the Child and Adolescent law, in the Ageing law, in the Penal Code....

  • Employment discrimination law in the United States
    Employment discrimination law in the United States
    In the United States, employment discrimination is prohibited by a collection of state and federal laws, as well as by ordinances of counties and municipalities. Only discrimination based on certain characteristics is illegal....

  • Employment discrimination law in the United Kingdom
    Employment discrimination law in the United Kingdom
    United Kingdom employment equality law is a body of law which legislates against prejudice-based actions in the workplace. As an integral part of UK labour law it is unlawful to discriminate against a person because they have one of the "protected characteristics", which are, age, disability,...

  • History of women in the military

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