It can affect them financially, may lose their job, quit school or do poorly at school.

discrimintion effectSociety and Businesses
Communities and businesses that fail to take strong action on discrimination tend to be lower in productivity. This is because people feel disgruntled and lose interest in working hard. There is a drop in morale, trust and confidence on the part of the employees. People with talents and exceptional skills and abilities are not attracted to these places because they do not want to be discriminated against.

discrimintion effectPolitics
People who face racial discrimination may regroup with some vengeance in mind against other groups. This can fuel conflicts and social discords. In fact, many conflicts and wars have been started in this way.

The Culprit
There are very strict laws on discrimination that may be applied to individuals who discriminate. There is no excuse, even if you did not know that your actions were discriminatory. Employees and individuals can bring legal action on the business or individual who did the act, and there are consequences for guilty parties.

discrimintion effectDid you know…
Discrimination isn’t just an insult to our most basic notions of fairness. It also costs us money, as some of our best and brightest players are, in essence, sidelined.
— David Futrelle, TIME, Feb. 19, 2013