The concept of ‘Reverse discrimination’ has been a contentious form of discrimination alongside dominating group members or the majority in the society. Mostly, the members discriminated against are the marginalized in the society. Speaking of the groups, the term may be taken to comprise of the race, gender and the ethnicity among others. The concept of ‘reverse discrimination’ therefore intends to eradicate the marginalized group that is already under this bracket of discrimination. The concept may also be used to accentuate on the discrimination intrinsic in the affirmative action programmes. As Certo (2009) writes in part: the phenomenon was used where the whites believed that, they had less opportunity due to the affirmative action, and this goes by a variety of names including ‘affirmative discrimination’
The concept of “reverse discrimination” then opens the door and sets one to becoming an essential person in the society as one is able to regard others in the society. In essence, the concept is very vital for one becoming a better manager in the workplace. It provides a person with a foundation of having expertise in the business world, as it not only sets the manager to have know-how about the workplace and the related management issues, but also sets the manager into being able to research on other human resource management issues. The concept is also very vital as it provides the Managers with a scholarly understanding of the human behavior within the organization (Certo, 2009).
Management, on the other hand aids the management in knowing the impact that human labour has on the organization. Additionally, the concept is also important as it helps the management reviewing on the progress of the organization from time to time. As Certo affirms “The quota industry works overtime to invent terms that they think will sell racial and gender quotas, preferences, targets and goals. A new term seems to be invented every week. Language is very important in our fight for color-blind justice. Language shapes our perception of our environment (Certo, 2009). In a nut shell, Certo asserts that it’s very imperative to discern between reverse discrimination and the reduced opportunity as this has been a major problem that affects most organizations.
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