Louisiana is an at-will state, which means that employers may hire or fire employees for any valid or lawful reason. But this rule has limits. Both federal law and Louisiana law forbid employers from discriminating against employees based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, or national origin. Employers must treat all workers equally, and cannot show favoritism to any individual or group based on these protected characteristics.
The law also protects workers who have made a good faith complaint about discrimination based on these protected characteristics, or who reports an employer for violating the law. An employer may not retaliate or take any adverse action against an employee based on this kind of protected activity. The law also protects employees who take medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act and requires that they be reinstated to the same, or an equivalent, job position on their return.
Employment discrimination and retaliation claims are a unique area of law involving specific procedures that must be followed to the letter. Whether you have been discriminated against, or are facing a lawsuit brought against you, it is critical to have an experienced employment attorney at your side. I have represented both workers and companies in claims of discrimination and harassment through the EEOC charge process and litigation in state and federal court. I am also available to consult with companies to conduct internal workplace investigations where there has been a complaint of discrimination or harassment. As always, the initial consultation is free.
Speak to New Orleans employment lawyer Charles Stiegler today at (504) 267-0777 or email him through the contact us page.
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