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Investigate all bias claims, even reverse discrimination

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It may not be common, but reverse discrimination does occur. Ignore it at your peril.

Recent case: Young is Asian-American of South Korean national origin. She taught chemistry to consistently full classes and got excellent reviews early on.

Then she began getting less desirable assignments and noticed that her supervisor seemed to favor black instructors. Her supervisor also once referred to her by a common slur di­­rected at Asians. She was terminated, allegedly for substandard work.

Young sued, alleging that she had been discriminated against in favor of black faculty. The court said that claim could go forward. (Buisson v. Board of Supervisors, No. 13-31269, 5th Cir., 2014)

Final note: Investigate all bias complaints, no matter who files them.

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