disparate impact

noun
dis·​par·​ate impact | \ ˈdis-pə-rət-, dis-ˈpar-ət- \

Legal Definition of disparate impact

: an unnecessary discriminatory effect on a protected class caused by a practice or policy (as in employment or housing) that appears to be nondiscriminatory — compare bona fide occupational qualification, disparate treatment

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“Disparate impact.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/disparate%20impact. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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