Louisiana Equal Pay Acts laws & compensation compliance analysis

Louisiana Equal Pay Acts: What you need to know

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.
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The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act amended the federal fair employment laws (e.g., Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination in Employment Act) so that each paycheck affected by an employer's prior discriminatory practice or decision constitutes an unlawful discriminatory act that triggers a new deadline for filing a pay discrimination claim. An employee alleging discrimination must be able to show that the paycheck or other compensation was affected by a past discriminatory act.
In addition, employers that are engaged in interstate commerce, and most schools, hospitals, and public agencies are covered by the federal Equal Pay Act which contains additional prohibitions ...

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