The Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law prohibits discriminatory employment practices based on age (40 years and older), disability, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, sickle-cell trait, and pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions). 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 Law does not apply to nonprofit corporations, employment in domestic service, or to churches or religiously affiliated schools, including universities (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:301 et seq.).
The Law prohibits employers from retaliating against an employee who takes time away from work to attend medical appointments necessary to meet the requirements to receive his or her veteran benefits (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:331).
In December 2016, a state court issued a permanent injunction blocking an Executive Order (EO) signed by the governor that prohibited state government employers from discriminating against applicants or employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity in addition to characteristics protected under the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law (Louisiana Dept. of Justice v. Edwards, No. 652283 (19th Jud. Dist. Ct., LA (2016)) and (EO 2016-11 (4/13/16)). The same EO required contracts for the purchase of services by any state agencies to include a provision that the contractor would not discriminate against applicants or employees based on the same protected characteristics.
In November 2017, a state appellate court affirmed the lower court’s finding that by adding ...