What do you call someone who is favoring someone? For instance if your employer favors your co-worker over yourself, you would refer to your employer as what?

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    Playing favorites.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 1:47
  • Do you want an adjective or a noun? Can you give an example sentence with a blank space? Please read the guidelines for single word requests and edit your question to make sure it has all of the information people will need to write good answers.
    – herisson
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 2:34
  • he is partial (as opposed to impartial)
    – Jim
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 3:47

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Biased may be what you want.

Biased: showing an ​unreasonable ​preference or ​dislike ​based on ​personal ​opinion.
[Cambridge English Dictionary]



1: the showing of special favor : PARTIALITY

2: the state or fact of being a favorite
[Merriam Webster Dictionary]

  • favoritism is the action but the question is about a name for the person who is doing that action. Commented Aug 31, 2020 at 17:42

Nepotism can be used if favoring relatives.

Nepotism: the ​activity of ​unfairly giving good ​jobs or ​advantages to ​members of ​your ​family.
[Cambridge English Dictionary]

Partisan can be used for supporting any person.

Partisan: a strong supporter of a party, cause, or person.

  • And note that nepotic is an adjective for practicing nepotism.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 2:41
  • Synonyms for nepotism, many of which can apply to non-family favoritism.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 2:44

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