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Reverse discrimination in the workplace: What it is and what to do about it

On Behalf of | Jun 22, 2016 | Employee Discrimination


When most people think of discrimination in the workplace, they imagine a scenario in which a supervisor who is a member of a “majority” group takes adverse action against an employee who is a member of a “minority” group. This type of discrimination is common, illegal, and wrong.

But it is important to remember that the law protects all individuals from discrimination in the workplace. Even if that discrimination is considered to be reverse discrimination

What Is Reverse Discrimination? The unfair treatment of members of the majority group in a workplace based on race, gender, national origin, etc.

Reverse discrimination is often prompted by the very laws that were meant to address discrimination against minorities. The goal of affirmative action, for example, was to level the playing field for minorities in employment and higher education. What sometimes ends up happening is that historically dominant groups receive unfair and discriminatory treatment as the direct result of affirmative action and similar programs.

It is illegal for an employer to make personal decisions based on race or gender. Let’s take a look at some ways in which an employee may be subjected to reverse discrimination it the workplace.

Examples Of Reverse Discrimination:

  • Failure to promote a well qualified employee (favoring a less qualified employee or applicant instead)
  • Firing or demoting an employee on the basis of race or gender
  • Making personnel decisions based on race or gender

Can I Be Discriminated Against For Being A White Male?

Yes. Reverse discrimination is a growing problem in the United States. However, from a cultural perspective, reverse discrimination is often ignored or downplayed.

If someone is wrongfully targeted or deprived of an employment benefit within the government because of his or her race or gender, it is important for the victim to understand his rights and get answers.

The fact that a white male happens to be a victim of discrimination in the workplace does not in any way prevent him from using the same laws to raise discriminatory concerns. In these cases, it is advisable to talk to a lawyer who handles reverse discrimination cases. These are important cases – but not often talked about. Discussing your concerns in a confidential consultation can help you make decisions as you move forward.

Free Consultation: Help For Federal Employees

Reverse discrimination and same-race discrimination are both illegal in the federal workplace. If you are experiencing or being subjected to this type of a work environment then you owe it to your self to contact the Devadoss Law Firm to further discuss your rights and options.

We serve government employees nationwide from offices in Dallas, Atlanta, and Washington D.C. Call 888-351-0424.


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