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Veterans were less likely than non-veterans to report experiencing discrimination during the past year. 

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 couple relationships were less likely than those without a partner to report experiences of discrimination.
  • Veterans were less likely than non-veterans to report a discrimination experience.
  • Adults in excellent, very good, or good health were less likely than those in fair or poor health to experience discrimination.
  • Adults with and without children in the household did not differ in reported discrimination (data not shown).