Have you taken action to help build a state of equality here in Louisiana? We are asking all equality-minded Louisianans to contact their legislators and let them know what is GOOD and what is BAD for the LGBT community. These bills will be heard in committee soon, so take action now!
Below is a summary of the bills that we are supporting and opposing… but the legislators need you to tell them to be on the RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY! Let those in Baton Rouge know you stand for equality with a few clicks… TAKE ACTION here!
The Louisiana Fair Employment Act (LFEA) by Rep. Austin Badon (HB 85)
LFEA (HB 85) would amend state protections and add safeguards from discrimination in public employment based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. House Bill 85, Louisiana Fair Employment Act, would further protect the over 80,000 state employees from discriminatory hiring and firing practices. Louisiana has the opportunity to join twenty-four states and the District of Columbia in protecting their public employees.
Louisiana state law currently provides no protections for LGBT people, resulting in unfair treatment in the workplace. Lafayette, Shreveport, Bossier City, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lake Charles, and Monroe offer some form of employment protection for LGBT city or parish employees. The State of Louisiana needs to follow their lead and protect ALL our state employees. 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 the more important to cover LGBT employees of state government.
Also, if you are a state employee, LGBT or not, please take our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R265TNX. Your feedback is essential!
Safe and Successful Students Act by Rep. Patricia Smith (HB 646)
Please join Forum For Equality Louisiana in lobbying the members of the House Education committee to PASS HB 646, the Safe and Successful Students Act filed by Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith.
This bill, HB 646, builds on and improves the current Safe Schools laws here in Louisiana. It better ensures the rehabilitation of troubled students rather than just turning them out of school with no reformative measures taken by the school system. HB 646 also greatly improves the reporting requirements to enable anti-bullying measures to better assist the student population at risk.
Our state’s youths are our future, and there’s a great opportunity at hand to educate each and every one to become respectful, contributing members of society. HB 646 is backed by a strong coalition of organizations committed to safe schools for Louisiana.
Let’s inform the members of the House Education Committee that HB 646 is good for our children, good for our families and good for our state.
Backdoor Bigotry bill by Rep. Seabaugh (HB 402)
Join Forum For Equality Louisiana in suggesting to Rep. Seabaugh a better place where he can file his HB 402, better known by equality advocates as this session’s Backdoor Bigotry bill: in the TRASHCAN !
This bill seeks to automatically label as FRIVOLOUS future employment discrimination claims filed on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression, among other practices that state law may one day deem discriminatory.
Our judicial system in Louisiana already has a system by which frivolous claims are dismissed, once the facts are presented to the court !!!
Rep. Seabaugh’s misguided and hateful bill mandates that any employment discrimination claim that doesn’t meet the contents of specific existing statutes is automatically to be dismissed as frivolous as a matter of law, with no judicial interpretation whatsoever.
It is, in fact, Rep. Seabaugh who ought to be disciplined for filing a FRIVOLOUS BILL !!!
Stand with Forum For Equality Louisiana as we help inform the members of the House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee that this bill is bad for Justice, bad for Workers, and therefore, bad for Louisiana!