Community >> Discrimination >> Motivations

Of King County adults reporting experiences of discrimination in 2011, 3 in 10 said they were victims of age discrimination.

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. If respondents reported discrimination in a given setting, they were asked if they believed the act of discrimination in that setting was based on their age, gender, social class, race or color, ethnic background or place of origin, sexual orientation, religion, language or accent, or disability.

  • The most commonly reported motivations for discrimination in 2011 were age, race or color, gender, and social class, in that order.
  • The same 4 reasons, although in different orders, were cited as the primary motivations for discrimination in the 2004 and 2007 surveys.
  • In 2011, sexual orientation was the least-frequently cited reason for discrimination (7%), compared to 12% in 2004 (a non-significant decrease).