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Adults in households with annual income at or above $75,000 were less likely to experience discrimination than those in households with income below $35,000.

Unfair treatment based on gender, age, race or color, ethnic background, language, social class or socioeconomic position, sexual orientation, religion, or disability are examples of discrimination, which can impact health, employment, and life satisfaction. 

King County adults were asked about whether, in 12 specific settings, they had “experienced discrimination, been prevented from doing something, or been hassled or made to feel inferior” during the past year. In 2011, 27% of adults reported that they experienced some type of discrimination.

  • Adults in households with incomes of $75,000 or higher were less likely than those with income below $35,000 to report discrimination.
  • Unemployed adults were significantly more likely to have experienced discrimination than those who were employed or not in the labor force (homemakers, students, and retirees).
  • Adults who were unable to work were more likely to report discrimination than those who were employed or retired.