discriminate against (someone or something)

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discriminate against (someone or something)

To impose limitations on a particular person or group for prejudicial reasons. Those who continue to discriminate against people of color will continue to meet resistance from those who believe in equality.
See also: discriminate
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: discriminate
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The Trump administration has accused China of engaging in unfair trade practices that discriminate against US firms, forced technology transfers and intellectual property rights theft, all charges Beijing has denied.
According to him, 'the consultations with the organized private sector and relevant agencies and individuals have brought out the kind of work and synergy we need to put together so that as a country, we can do better under the trade deal, so that we can ensure that the tariff agreement, whatever tariff agreement we enter into is such that it will prohibit dumping and it does not discriminate against us especially for a country like Nigeria which has suffered the brunt of dumping - from rice to poultry to milk - that has threatened our industry.
But the more serious risk is that our personal information can be used against us - not just to advertize a product we don't want, but to discriminate against us on the basis of our age, race, gender or some other characteristic we can't control.
Chamberlain concluded that it was only "prudent to arm ourselves with an instrument which shall at least be as effective as those which may be used to discriminate against us in foreign markets." In the event, he was paving the road to World War II.
We know the runaway train of righteousness will eventually make it illegal to discriminate against us along with every other minority group.
"Businesses should not be allowed to violate the law and discriminate against us because of who we are and who we love."
The Justice Department will not tolerate employers misusing the H- 1B visa process to discriminate against US workers, said Acting Assistant Attorney General Tom Wheeler of the Civil Rights Division.
Most people with handicaps lead wonderful lives, yet the pro-choice community continues to discriminate against us.
"We would not allow anybody to discriminate against us. The prime minster announced load-shedding of four hours a day and the WAPDA should follow the orders in letter and spirit," Waheed Anjum added.
It was already legal to discriminate against us. That's why this law is so ridiculous."
In these pessimists' view the other member states would discriminate against us, keeping out our goods and punishing our investments.
We recognize and hail his continued stand against measures and laws that discriminate against us or against other marginalized sectors, laws that are aimed at crippling the freedoms of individuals, including the freedom to be who you are, who you want to be with, or who you love, he added.
For example, many countries have tax and regulatory provisions that discourage large automobiles -- not because they are trying to discriminate against US goods, but because they worry about pollution and energy efficiency.
She said: "At that time, the majority were at liberty to discriminate against us in employment, and in practically every other walk of life.