Federal and Louisiana laws both protect employees from workplace discrimination. The role of the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) is to enforce the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law, La. R.S. 23:301 et seq. To accomplish this purpose, the Commission uses distinct procedures for intake, investigation, mediation and determination to process official complaints of discrimination.
LCHR handles complaints of employment discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sickle cell trait, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions. If you believe you have been discriminated against because of any of these qualities, you can file a claim with the LCHR. Louisiana employees who suffer discrimination on-the-job almost always have the right to seek compensatory damages, back pay, benefits, reinstatement, or front pay under La. R.S. 23:301.
LCHR also provides protection against discrimination in public accommodations and banking and lending practices.