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Rise in ‘reverse discrimination’ lawsuits explained

Rise in ‘reverse discrimination’ lawsuits explained
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He has accused Macy’s of discriminating against white men. McDonald’s and IBM, too. Even NASCAR – a mostly white sport that banned Confederate flags in 2020 – is in his sights. 

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About two dozen complaints have been leveled by Stephen Miller, a senior White House adviser in the Trump administration.  

Emboldened by a Supreme Court ruling last summer striking down affirmative action in education, Miller and his conservative advocacy organization America First Legal have taken the position that all DEI programs are illegal, embracing “reverse discrimination,” a concept that first emerged in the 1970s as a backlash to 1960s-era civil rights laws to address racial disparities in the workplace.

What is ‘reverse discrimination’?

Miller claims white Americans today are being denied opportunities so corporations can hire and promote more people of color and achieve their diversity goals.

Miller did not respond to requests for comment.

“If a major corporation said in proxy statements to shareholders or in the HR section of their website ‘We are going to increase the white composition of our workforce by 15% this year,’ I think most folks would say, ‘Well, that’s kind of racist and that seems wrong,’” Gene Hamilton, vice president and general counsel of America First Legal, told USA TODAY in September. 





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