Tokenism refers to the practice of giving a few members of a disenfranchised group special treatment or benefits in order to appear to be free of prejudice. Victims of tokenism are typically treated negatively and perceived as less competent within the group. An example would be a mostly male non-minority workplace who give a few positions to minorities and women in order to maintain an illusion of equality in their business and prevent accusations of discrimination. The presence of tokenism is used by discriminatory organizations to deny allegations of inequality.

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