Re: So Called "Reverse Discrimination"
If the company had improperly refused employment or promotions to females or minorities, once that is realized, there is a period of playing catch up and trying to get the personnel mix in line with the legal requirements. While it does in effect cause a time of actual discrimination, the company doesn't actually have much they can do about it. They must reach a level of mix of females and minorities as the law requires. This is exactly what happened when the Civil Rights laws in the '60's came about. There was a long period of time that minorities were hired at a hugely disproportionate level as compared to the societal mix.
as well, although you used an "African sounding female name", there is no way to prove HR did believe it was in fact an African american female.
I'm curious; what if they checked references, work history, and education records?
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.