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Reverse Discrimination


Employment Law Attorneys Fighting Against Reverse Discrimination in the Workplace

Reverse discrimination in the workplace is another term for employment discrimination. However, instead of targeting minority groups (Americans, Asians, Women, or Muslims, to name a few), the targeted group is filled with people considered to be in the majority (white men).

These targeted individuals may lose job opportunities or even get fired from work due to companies implementing diversity programs.

Companies may think they are avoiding discrimination against minorities, yet they are actively discriminating against the majority.
The employment discrimination lawyers at the Derek Smith Law Group have spent over 25 years protecting the rights of all employees in New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Miami, and Los Angeles as they fight back against discrimination, including reverse discrimination.

What Is Reverse Discrimination in the Workplace?

Reverse discrimination at work occurs when the social majority (typically white men) lose job opportunities or get fired from work because they are not part of a minority. Many companies who instill diversity programs find they unintentionally participate in reverse discrimination.

These companies worry about hiring women and forming a racially and religiously diverse workplace. As a result, they unexpectedly provide more opportunities for these groups of potential employees or current employees. In the meantime, they may terminate, fail to hire, or demote employees within the majority classification to make room for a more diverse workplace.

Such actions, while not discriminating against minorities, still create a cause for employment discrimination in the workplace.

What Are Examples of Reverse Discrimination at Work?

Reverse discrimination can occur in several forms. Some examples of reverse discrimination in the workplace include the following scenarios:

1. Reverse Race and Gender Discrimination:

You are the Executive Vice President of Marketing for your company. Your company’s owner decided to implement a new diversity program. This program insists that women and African Americans make up at least 40% of the executive vice president positions within the company. Currently, white men hold all the executive vice president positions.

You begin to get written up for coming into work 2 minutes late. You get written up for taking a longer than average bathroom break. You get written up for almost anything you do that helps your employer create a paper trail to fire you. Within a month you get terminated from your job and replaced by an African American woman.

2. Reverse Gender Discrimination:

You applied for a position within a tech start-up company. The company is owned by a woman. Her goal is to employ as many women as possible.
You are a man. You submit your resume because you have the skills the job requires. However, when you call, you are told that you are not qualified for the position.

3. Reverse Race Discrimination:

Your company was accused of discriminating against African Americans at work. They decided to implement a diversity program to make sure they cannot get sued for race discrimination again.
You are not African American. You are transferred to another department that requires you to work longer hours for less pay. An African American employee is promoted to your position with higher pay. Your employers claim this is part of the diversity initiative and you must do your part to help make it happen. Your employer committed an act of reverse race discrimination.

4. Reverse Religious Discrimination:

Your employer has made a push to hire Muslim and Jewish employees to fill supervisor positions. They are asking for religious affiliations during the interview process (which violates religious discrimination laws). They are only offering a second interview to applicants who are Jewish or Muslim. As a result, they are committing acts of reverse religious discrimination.

5. Reverse Disability Discrimination:

You are an able-bodied employee that has worked with your company for over five years. You have always received positive reviews from your employer. However, your boss feels they must hire someone who is in a wheelchair simply to create a better image.

Your employer moves you to another department and replaces you with a new employee in a wheelchair. You are not qualified for the new position and begin receiving poor reviews as a result. This action is the result of reverse disability discrimination.

Who Is Affected by Reverse Discrimination?

Any employee or job applicant can be the victim of reverse discrimination. Many times, executives are affected by reverse discrimination when companies institute diversity programs or initiatives. While the goal of such programs is to help diversify the workplace, the company is really discriminating against white men to open high-level opportunities for minorities.

Job applicants may also be affected by reverse discrimination, especially when diversity initiatives are involved. Employers may purposely rule out applicants who are white men to give opportunities to minorities. They may provide accommodation for interviews that they would not provide for members of the majority. They may even allow women or minority applicants to request a work-from-home accommodation while denying that option to white male applicants.

Can You Get Fired from Work Due to Reverse Discrimination?

Reverse discrimination can create a hostile work environment for its victims. You may find your boss and others are harassing you and berating you to make you quit your job. They may begin punishing you for issues that others do not receive punishment for.

Furthermore, your employer may fire you from work because he believes you are not a team player and are unwilling to help the company with their diversity initiative. This type of wrongful termination can also be a form of retaliation. Your employer is retaliating against you for standing up for your rights.

He is under the belief that white men cannot experience employment discrimination. However, race discrimination and gender discrimination protect people of all races and all genders.

Retaliation in the workplace is illegal. The employment discrimination lawyers at the Derek Smith Law Group in New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Miami, and Los Angeles can help you fight reverse discrimination at work.

What Can You Do If You Experience Reverse Discrimination in the Workplace?

As the victim of workplace reverse discrimination, you have rights. Employment discrimination can affect anyone, regardless of race, religion, or gender. Therefore, do not stand still while your employer participates in reverse discrimination that affects your livelihood and your household.

You have a right to contact an employment discrimination lawyer to help you fight for your rights against reverse discrimination. Make sure you provide your lawyer with as much information as possible to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. You will likely need to provide some of the following details:

  • How the reverse discrimination in the workplace occurred.
  • Who was involved?
  • When it occurred.
  • Who witnessed the events?
  • What evidence do you have to support your claim?

How Can an Employment Lawyer Help You Fight Reverse Discrimination?

A qualified employment lawyer can help you fight your claim for employment discrimination and reverse discrimination at work. Your employment attorney will begin by helping you tell your story in a way that gets others to listen.

They will begin negotiating a settlement with your employer before they file your complaint with the courts. They will continue settlement negotiations throughout the entire legal process to help move your case along without going to trial.

However, if your employer refuses to settle, your employment discrimination lawyer will stand by your side and advocate for your rights in court. They will be your advocate from the moment you agree to retain them until you receive a settlement or judgment for your claim.

The dedicated employment discrimination lawyers at the Derek Smith Law Group in New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Miami, and Los Angeles can advocate for your rights and help you get the justice you deserve.

What Compensation Can You Expect to Receive for Your Reverse Discrimination Claim?

Employment discrimination is illegal. When it comes to retaliation or wrongful termination, you have additional claims against your employer.

Your lawyer will help you file your claim with the courts to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Such compensation may include money for lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. In some cases, the courts may issue punitive damages against your employer to teach them and others that these actions are unacceptable.

Need Help Fighting Reverse Discrimination at Work? We Can Help!

When fighting reverse discrimination at work, you need an attorney you can trust. You need an employment discrimination lawyer that believes in justice for all employees. The dedicated employment discrimination lawyers at the Derek Smith Law Group in New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Miami, and Los Angeles can help. Call us today at 800.807.2209 for a free consultation.

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