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In 2011, 1 in 10 King County adults reported experiencing discrimination at work.

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. As in prior years, the most common locations in which discrimination occurred were public settings and work settings.

  • 10% of King County adults reported that they were discriminated against at work.
  • 10% reported that they were discriminated against on the street or in a public setting. Compared to 2007, discrimination in public settings declined significantly in 2011.
  • 6% of respondents reported discrimination in getting a job in 2011.