- noun the illegal practice of discriminating against prospective borrowers because of the area of the town in which they live
(written as Redlining)An industrial practice in the US of denying access to health care or increasing the cost of services. Employers in redlined industries will not find health insurers willing to sell insurance to them. It is illegal when based on race, religion, gender, familial status (if there are children in a family), disability, or ethnic origin. The term comes from the marking of red lines on a map to mark areas whose population would be discriminated against.