Louisiana Hiring laws & HR compliance analysis

Louisiana Hiring: What you need to know

The Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law prohibits employment practices, including hiring, that discriminate based on age (40 years or older), race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, genetic information, sickle-cell trait, and pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions) (La. Rev. Stat. § 23:302 et seq.). The Law covers employers with 20 or more employees, except for the pregnancy discrimination provision, which applies to employers with 25 or more employees. The Law also applies to insurers with respect to the appointment of agents. Effective August 1, 2022, the term “race” includes traits historically associated with race, including hair texture and protective hairstyles. “Natural, protective, or cultural hairstyle” includes “afros, dreadlocks, twists, locs, braids, cornrow braids, Bantu knots, curls, and hair styled to protect hair texture or for cultural significance” (La. Pub. Act 529 (2022)).
Disabilities. The Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law specifically prohibits employers from making or using any inquiry or application form that asks or attempts to ask about a prospective employee's disability. Employers are also prohibited from making or keeping a record of disability information or disclosing such information for discriminatory purposes.
Veterans’ preference. Employers may adopt an employment policy granting preference to veterans, spouses of disabled veterans, and certain unremarried widows or widowers (La. Rev. Stat. § 23:1001). In the state personnel system, employment preference may be given to veterans under a point system (La. Const. art. X, pt. I).
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