Reverse discrimination is discrimination against members of a dominant or majority group, in favor of members of a minority or historically disadvantaged group. 

The term “reverse discrimination” sometimes is used to describe a type of discrimination wherein members of a majority or historically advantaged group (such as Caucasians or males) are discriminated against based on their race, gender, age, or other protected characteristic.  These types of claims typically arise in the areas of employment or education. Occasionally, the term also is used to negatively describe programs meant to advance or promote minorities and address inequality. While the term “reverse discrimination” is not expressly included in federal civil rights legislation, these types of lawsuits are generally brought as discrimination cases under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other statutes.

Because anti-discrimination laws were originally enacted to prevent discrimination against minorities and groups that were historically disadvantaged and denied opportunities in the workplace, there may be a perception that members of majority groups are not protected by the same laws.  As a result, the term “reverse discrimination” originated to describe these kinds of cases where members of a majority group claim they were discriminated against based on their age, race, gender or other protected characteristic.

If you have been discriminated against on the basis of your race, gender or another illegal reason, you may be entitled to compensation.  Schedule a free initial consultation with the attorneys at Tishkoff, located in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their contact information is available at Tishkoff’s web site:

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