discriminate

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discriminate against someone or something

to single out a type of person or thing for special negative treatment or denial of equal treatment; to act in a prejudicial manner against someone or something. This law discriminates against short people. You discriminate against people in wheelchairs.
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discriminate between

someone and someone else or something and something else to distinguish between people or between things. I find it hard these days to discriminate between my friends and my enemies. Can you discriminate between this shade of pink and that one?
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Supreme Court decisions refleet the Court's continued intolerance of state statutes that facially discriminate against out-of-state business.
Oxnard Lemon Company, in 1991, alleging that Oxnard Lemon discriminates against women in hiring, job assignments and promotions.
This case also claims that 3M discriminates against its older employees in training, performance appraisals, pay, and promotions.
The claim that Six Flags discriminates is absurd,'' Rabjohn said.
This handful of genes effectively discriminates between patients who have the most and the least aggressive cancers, and is a more manageable number for screening in a doctor's office.
State and federal laws make it unlawful for a school district to sponsor any activity that discriminates upon individuals because of their handicap, said Donald M.
com unlawfully discriminates by excluding all same-sex couples from using its services, one of which allows prospective adoptive parents, for a fee, to post personal information about themselves for birth mothers who are seeking adoptive parents for their children.
The suit contends that the school district is violating its own policy, which prohibits school officials from rejecting materials "in an arbitrary or capricious manner or in a way that discriminates against a particular viewpoint.
The charges state the EIP discriminates against union employees by limiting the EIP cash bonuses to nonunion workers.
The state has in place a policy that discriminates against students who choose to pursue a degree in religious studies.
The law in Maine discriminates against religious schools by denying parents the opportunity to use state funds provided to taxpayers for tuition at religious schools.
Because the City rejects any bid that fails to comply with one or the other requirement, both of which are race and sex based, the essential structure of the Program discriminates on an impermissible basis against prime contractors that neither engage in outreach nor meet the evidentiary presumption, and it grants preferential treatment to those that do.
There is a huge social and financial price paid whenever government discriminates and awards public contracts and employment on the basis of gender or skin color rather than individual merit.
McCarthy said: "This is a case where the state discriminates against people of faith who are only trying to give their children an education that reflects their religious beliefs.
She also claims that the Plan discriminates on the basis of sex and pregnancy in that male employees receive coverage for sexual dysfunction and infertility while female employees are denied equivalent benefits for sexual dysfunction and the pregnancy-related condition of infertility.