The Employment Non-Discrimination bill applies to state government employees. Senate Bill 100 by Senator Edwin Murray will expand the enumerated policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Employment in the state is at-will, meaning an employer can hire and fire an employee for any reason not protected by federal and state laws, making it all that more important to cover LGBT employees of state government.
There are only a few places in the state that have local inclusive nondiscrimination policies for city or parish employees, including the City of Shreveport, Lafayette and New Orleans. In general, though, there is very little to no recourse for the vast majority of LGBT state employees who are unfairly denied employment or lose their jobs because of discrimination. All residents should be treated fairly and equally by the laws of our state.
We are also seeking employees to testify about discrimination they have faced in the workplace, as well as state employers or retirees and non-governmental agencies to testify that discriminatory policies harm businesses by increasing turnover and reducing the competitiveness of Louisiana’s industries.