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disparate impact discrimination

Disparate impact discrimination claims involve apparently neutral policies that have the effect of discriminating against a certain class of persons, even though such discrimination may not be intentional.

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For example, if a city required all police officers to be at least 5'10" tall, a female applicant would be likely to allege disparate impact discrimination because the vast majority of women are considerably shorter. Claims alleging disparate impact discrimination are covered under employment practices liability insurance policies.

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