is a term that describes policies or habits of social discrimination
against members of a historically dominant group with an implication of
unfairness. Sometimes reverse discrimination can result from affirmative action
policies created to decrease
discrimination in the workplace against minority
employees. In many democratic societies, the dominant group is in the majority,
and the disadvantaged is in the minority.
Most forms of
reverse discrimination are now illegal in most countries, however in some
countries, like the U.S, affirmative action assisting minorities is required by
law. In other countries affirmative action is considered reverse discrimination,
and therefore illegal.
Civil Rights Act of 1965 says that all people are protected from all
forms of employment discrimination based on sex, race, or national
origin, etc. There have been numerous reverse discrimination court cases over
the years. Ultimately, the outcome is that courts now recognize all Americans
are protected by the statute, even males and Caucasians. Some employers choose
to ignore this issue and show favoritism to minorities or females. Some
employers blatantly violate this law when they discriminate against white
males. Only 2 percent of employment discrimination cases pending
however, are reverse discrimination cases. The law, as interpreted by
courts, is that any person that benefits from affirmative action in the
workplace must have relevant job and educational qualifications.
Think you are a victim
of reverse discrimination? Your
previous employers could be affecting your new job search through their comments
to prospective employers. Don't let them continue to hurt you and your career.
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