Definition of reverse discrimination in US English:

reverse discrimination


  • (in the context of the allocation of resources or employment) the practice or policy of favoring individuals belonging to groups known to have been discriminated against previously.

    another term for affirmative action
    • ‘And just because your player didn't win the MVP doesn't mean that your reverse discrimination argument will work.’
    • ‘However, every case bringing a reverse discrimination claim has ultimately been unsuccessful.’
    • ‘Often people who argue for employment equity and affirmative action programmes are accused of promoting reverse discrimination.’
    • ‘He goes on to talk about Larry Summers, reverse discrimination in favor of conservatives, and problems of mathematics.’
    • ‘The Amsterdam treaty did not empower the council to permit reverse discrimination in Northern Ireland.’
    • ‘Then, there are those who see affirmative action as a form of reverse discrimination.’
    • ‘Defending his stance Mr O'Flynn said: ‘This is reverse discrimination.’’
    • ‘In recent years, that, frankly, has led to reverse discrimination in favor of conservatives.’
    • ‘Just as the previous discrimination did, this reverse discrimination violates the public equality which defines citizenship.’
    • ‘Babbar sued, alleging reverse discrimination based on sex, religion, and national origin.’
    • ‘The teacher discrimination issue is a potential wedge this year, although his ditching of opposition to reverse discrimination is a sleeper.’
    • ‘Yet reverse discrimination suits by whites almost never have similar positive implications for African-Americans.’
    • ‘A reverse discrimination suit against the University of Washington is in the fact-finding stage.’
    • ‘But lately several White colleagues have taken to beefing against affirmative action as reverse discrimination.’
    • ‘In these circumstances, knowing when relevant criteria are nonetheless discriminatory, or when reverse discrimination is nonetheless legitimate, requires more than sympathetic attention to the particular situation.’
    • ‘This unconstitutional policy of reverse discrimination against native-born whites has been growing in magnitude for almost four decades, and no administration has done anything to stop it.’
    • ‘A small faction of managers in her unit spread rumors that her appointment was a classic case of reverse discrimination.’
    • ‘Among the outcomes of the ruling, experts say, could be a reverse discrimination suit filed by a white-owned firm against a company that has a supplier diversity program.’
    • ‘A native of Trinidad and of Indo-Caribbean descent has agreed to drop her reverse discrimination suit against the university, and to give up any claim to a teaching job there.’
    • ‘When I was at Yale, the Wall Street Journal ran a long hatchet-job article about the percentage of Yale students who were gay, political correctness, reverse discrimination, etc.’


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