Louisiana Religious Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Louisiana Religious Discrimination: What you need to know

The Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law prohibits employers with 20 or more employees from intentionally discriminating against applicants or employees based on religion (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:332 et seq.). The term “employer” includes an insurer with respect to appointment of agents regardless of the character of the agent’s employment. Under the state law, it is unlawful for an employer to:
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• Intentionally refuse to hire, discharge, or otherwise discriminate with respect to an individual's compensation or terms or conditions of employment.
• Publish an advertisement for employment indicating a preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on religion, unless religion is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).
• Intentionally limit, segregate, or classify employees or applicants in any way that deprives or tends to deprive them of employment opportunities, or adversely affects employment.
• Discriminate against individuals in admission to, or employment in, any training, retraining, or apprenticeship program based on religion, unless religion is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).
The law does not apply to a school, college, university, or other educational institution that is controlled or managed by a particular religion or religious corporation (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:302). School employers may hire persons of a particular religion if the school's curriculum is directed toward the propagation of that religion.
Retaliation prohibited. State law also prohibits employers from retaliating or discriminating against a person who has opposed a discriminatory practice, made a charge, filed a complaint, or testified, assisted, or participated in any investigation, ...

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