What is Discrimination?

What is Discrimination?

Discrimination occurs when a policy or practice that by design or effect segregates, creates unequal status, separates or has a disproportionate impact on a person on the basis of his or her inclusion in one or more legally protected categories. The protected categories under the Cambridge Human Rights Ordinance and the Cambridge Fair Housing Ordinance are the following:

  • Disability
    • Defined according to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities).
    • Race
    • Color
    • National Origin or Ancestry
    • Family Status
    • Source of Income
      • Includes Section 8 and welfare.
      • Marital Status
        • Includes married and non-married.
        • Sex [including Sexual Harassment]
          • Male or female.
          • Gender
            • Includes transgender
            • Sexual Orientation
              • Heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual
              • Age
              • Religious Creed
              • Military Status

              Discrimination can impact a person in a variety of aspects of their lives, including, but not limited to, housing, employment, access to public accommodations, education, provision of public services, banking services and insurance. If you feel you have been the victim of discrimination in Cambridge, contact the Cambridge Human Rights Commission immediately.

              Que es Discriminación (Spanish)

              O Que é Discriminação?(Portuguese)

              What is Discrimination? (Chinese)

              Kisa diskriminasyon ye?(Creole)