There is not really a specific legal term under federal law that defines reverse discrimination. However, when civil rights claims are filed regarding issues pertaining to this reference, they typically fall under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. However, many people mistakenly believe this law is meant only to protect minority groups. Anyone in Louisiana or another state who experiences reverse discrimination in the workplace is protected under Title VII.

Reverse discrimination is the term commonly used to refer to incidents where a member or members of a majority class of people suffers undue consequence and prejudice because of race, gender or other issues. Many readers might agree that affirmative action laws were created from positive intentions, meaning to provide support to minority groups who had been denied jobs, promotions and other benefits because of race, ethnicity and other identification characteristics. But all members of society are protected against discrimination.

If a member of a majority class is passed over for a promotion, new hire or other reward or benefit within the scope of employment in favor of a member of a minority class, it may be grounds for filing a civil rights complaint. For instance, if a particular employer hires women over men, even if a man in question is better qualified for the position for hire, it might be a sign of reverse discrimination. Similar problems arise regarding employee age, religious affiliation or national origin.

If a Louisiana worker files a civil rights complaint regarding reverse discrimination in the workplace, he or she will be tasked with showing evidence of certain facts. First, the plaintiff must prove that he or she is indeed a member of a classified majority group. The court must also be convinced that an unfair advantage or treatment was given to another person or group specifically because of membership in a minority class. An attorney well-versed in employment law is a great asset to have on hand when planning to file a complaint regarding workplace discrimination.