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Discrimination in Louisiana

It's no secret that some people have historically been treated differently than other groups of people. When this occurs, it's known as discrimination. Federal and Louisiana laws have outlawed discrimination against several groups of people, known as protected classes. Talk to an employment lawyer or discrimination attorney today if you think you've been a victim of job discrimination.

What Is Job Discrimination?

Employment discrimination occurs when an employer treats workers differently not because of their abilities, but because of personal characteristics. Under federal law, it is illegal for a company to discriminate on the basis of:

  • Age (if the employee is at least 40 years old)
  • National identity
  • Race and skin color
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Pregnancy
  • Disability

It's also illegal for employers to discriminate against any employee for filing a discrimination complaint.

Similar Louisiana anti-discrimination laws also ban discrimination against these protected classes. In addition, Louisiana also makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against workers based on sickle cell trait.

Discrimination can occur in a variety of ways in the workplace. For example, a job posting may advertise that a company is looking for "young, energetic workers," which could be construed as discriminating against older applicants. A business may only provide advanced training opportunities to men. Or maybe a company needs to do layoffs and targets women who are pregnant. All of these actions constitute discrimination.

If you think you've been discriminated against, talk to an employment discrimination lawyer today. It's important to act quickly, because you have only 180 days from the date the discrimination last occurred to file a legal claim. Your attorney will guide you through the process of filing a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or Louisiana Commission on Human Rights.

Find & Hire Local Louisiana Discrimination Attorneys offers a free, no-obligation service that can match you with employment discrimination lawyers today. If you need to hire an attorney in New Orleans, Baton Rouge or elsewhere in Louisiana, call us at 877-913-7222 or complete the form on this page. We'll quickly match you with an attorney in your area.