Inequalities of opportunity and treatment may arise either from deliberate acts of discrimination or from passive situations resulting from economic, social, cultural or geographic factors. Groups affected include aboriginal and tribal populations; those occupying specific backward regions; different ethnic groups; different religious and linguistic communities; and foreign workers. In some cases minorities are alleged to practise discrimination against the majority. Very often this discrimination is not so much a matter of fact as one of feeling.
Although anti-discrimination legislation exists in Russia, in Moscow in 1992, sexist and ageist job advertisements were reported to be commonplace. A new brokerage house published announcement seeking woman ages 18-21 for secretarial position and applicant were told to come to the interview wearing a mini-skirt. An advertising firm requested that applicants for a receptionist position submit a full-size photo, preferably one showing them in a bikini.
[Developing countries] Before independence, political but not economic unification was imposed in many developing countries. When the colonisers left, the more important jobs tended to be taken over by the educated middle classes and denied to poorer and minority groups.