reverse discrimination


: discrimination against whites or males (as in employment or education)

Examples of reverse discrimination in a Sentence

He claimed that reverse discrimination was to blame for his unemployment.
Recent Examples on the Web Legal experts warn that the Supreme Court case of Muldrow v. St. Louis could spur a flood of reverse discrimination complaints against workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion programs. Ruth Umoh, Fortune, 13 Dec. 2023 In addition to civil rights groups, the case is being closely watched by employment attorneys and some conservatives who say a broad ruling for Muldrow could lead to an increase in reverse discrimination claims against workplace diversity, equity and inclusion programs. Ann E. Marimow, Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2023 The Fearless Fund Most reverse discrimination lawsuits citing the 1866 law concern fellowship or grant programs restricted to specific underrepresented groups. Julian Mark, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2023 These often small and under-resourced teams may soon have to respond to an influx of reverse discrimination claims and handle a slew of complex internal and external communications. Trey Williams, Fortune, 30 May 2023 Ex-Morgan Stanley executive alleges reverse discrimination in lawsuit A sticking point is likely to be how the courts draw the line between diversity goals and quotas. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2023 But Turnbull says lawyers are seeing an uptick in reverse discrimination claims. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, 29 June 2023 In the decade from 2011 to 2021, the number of reverse discrimination claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission dropped from about 4,000 to 2,000 a year, according to data USA TODAY obtained from the EEOC. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, 29 June 2023 Courts could rule affirmative action programs unconstitutional for federal contractors or be more receptive to reverse discrimination claims against private companies. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 31 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reverse discrimination was in 1964

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“Reverse discrimination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition

reverse discrimination

: discrimination against whites or males (as in employment or education)

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