The Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, sex, age, national origin, sickle cell trait, and genetic information. These prohibitions apply to employers with 20 or more employees within the state for each working day in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:301, Sec. 23:368). The Law also includes a separate provision that prohibits discrimination on the basis of pregnancy (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:341). The pregnancy provision covers employers with more than 25 employees within the state for each working day in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year.
Except for disabilities and genetic test results, the Law does not specifically address the issue of application forms. However, preemployment inquiries that elicit information, either directly or indirectly, regarding an applicant's protected status, may subject an employer to liability for discrimination.