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US to ban Caste Discrimination

Published on February 23, 2023
Current Context: Seattle became the first US city to ban caste discrimination on Tuesday, February 22, 2023. The resolution was moved by Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, an upper-caste Hindu, who said that caste bias is a form of oppression that affects millions of people in South Asia and around the world. 
US to ban Caste Discrimination
  • Seattle's resolution was sponsored by Councilmember Kshama Sawant, an Indian-American politician and economist. She said that caste discrimination is a form of oppression that affects millions of people in South Asia and around the world². She also said that \"love has won over hate\" after the resolution was passed.
  • The resolution adds caste as a protected category under Seattle's non-discrimination policy. This means that businesses cannot discriminate based on caste with respect to hiring, promotion, wages or workplace conditions.
  • The resolution also urges Washington state and federal governments to enact similar legislation.
  • Seattle's ordinance amends the city's municipal code to include caste as a protected class. This means that anyone who experiences caste discrimination can file a complaint with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR), which enforces anti-discrimination laws in the city. 
  • The SOCR can investigate complaints, mediate disputes, issue fines or take legal action against violators.


Q1. Which US city became the first to ban caste discrimination? 
a. New York 
b. Seattle 
c. Los Angeles
d. Chicago
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