Louisiana Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Louisiana Discrimination: What you need to know

The Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law prohibits discriminatory employment practices based on age (40 and over), disability, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, sickle-cell trait, and pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions) (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:301 et seq.). The Law applies to employers with 20 or more employees, except for the pregnancy discrimination provision, which applies to employers with 25 or more employees. The term “employer” includes an insurer with respect to appointment of agents, regardless of the character of the agent’s employment. The Law does not apply to nonprofit corporations, employment in domestic service, churches, or religiously affiliated schools, including universities.
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Under the Law, it is unlawful for an employer to:
• Discriminate in hiring, compensation, or any other term or condition of employment.
• Limit, segregate, or classify employees or applicants in any way that would tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect an individual's status.
• Discriminate in admission to any apprenticeship or other training program based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or genetic information.
• Print or publish any notice or advertisement relating to employment indicating any preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on age, disability, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, pregnancy, sickle-cell trait, or genetic information.
Bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) exception. A BFOQ must be reasonably necessary for the normal operation of a particular business or enterprise (e.g., allowing only females to apply for a job ...

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