The Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law prohibits employers with 20 or more employees from intentionally discriminating against applicants or employees on the basis of race or color (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:332). The term “employer” includes an insurer with respect to appointment of agents regardless of the character of the agent’s employment. Under the state law it is unlawful for an employer to:
• Intentionally refuse to hire, discharge, or otherwise discriminate with respect to an individual's compensation or terms and conditions of employment.
• Intentionally limit, segregate, or classify employees or applicants in any way that deprives or tends to deprive them of employment opportunities, or adversely affects employment.
• Discriminate against individuals in admission to, or employment in, any training, retraining, or apprenticeship program.
• Print or publish any notice or advertisement relating to employment indicating any preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on race or color.
Bona fide system. It is not unlawful for an employer to implement a bona fide seniority or merit system, or a system that measures earnings by quantity or quality of production, as long as the system is not a result of intentional discrimination.
Professionally developed ability test. It is not unlawful for an employer to give and act upon the results of any professionally developed ability test, as long as the test is not designed, intended, or used to discriminate in violation of the state law.