reverse discrimination

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

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

reverse discrimination
Unfair treatment that results if efforts to rectify discrimination against a minority group inadvertently result in discrimination against a majority group, such as when a beneficiary of affirmative action takes a position that otherwise would have gone to a white male.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

reverse discrimination
n. A term used to refer to the exclusion of a member of a majority class not commonly discriminated against, to compensate for the traditional discrimination against a minority member. For example, management positions traditionally filled by members of the white race would be filled by African Americans, Asians, or Hispanics to the exclusion of any white candidates, even if the latter had seniority or were better qualified by reason of education, expertise, or temperament. It has been contended that such treatment, broadly known as affirmative action, is in violation of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, as well as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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