Unlike many states, Louisiana does not have what is commonly known as an “Equal Pay Act,” a law specifically requiring that men and women be paid equally for equal work. However, the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law prohibits employers with 20 or more employees from intentionally discriminating in the compensation of any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions), sickle- cell trait, or protected genetic information (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:301 et seq.).
Enforcement. The Louisiana Commission on Human Rights enforces the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law. Claims must be filed within 180 days after the alleged discrimination occurred. Persons alleging a violation of state law are not required to exhaust administrative remedies before bringing private lawsuits in state court. Remedies include compensatory damages, back pay, benefits, attorney's fees, and court costs.