Louisiana Disabilities (ADA) laws & HR compliance analysis

Louisiana Disabilities (ADA): What you need to know

The Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law prohibits employment practices that discriminate against an otherwise qualified person based on disability or genetic test results. The Law covers employers with 20 or more employees (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:301 et seq., Sec. 23:368).
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The term “disability” means:
• A mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities
• A record of such an impairment
• Being regarded by others as having such an impairment
An “otherwise qualified person with a disability” is an individual with a disability who, with reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the job in question.
Employers must reasonably accommodate a person's disability, unless the accommodation would cause the employer undue hardship.
In determining whether an accommodation is an undue hardship, the following may be taken into account:
• The employee or applicant for which accommodation is to be made
• The specific disability of the employee or applicant
• The essential job duties of the position
• The working environment
The Law also includes a separate provision that prohibits discrimination based on sickle-cell trait (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:352). The provision covers employers with 20 or more employees.
The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) also prohibits employment practices that discriminate based on disability. The ADA covers employers with 15 or more employees.
Although the ADA has similar provisions to the state law, an amendment changed the ADA's definition of a “regarded as” disability. An individual is regarded ...

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