Sex or gender discrimination is all too commonplace in our work environments and the sword can cut against any gender, although the most common form of this type of discrimination is against women in the workplace. Anytime an individual is treated differently than similarly situated peers because of their gender (this can happen overtly or subtly) both Federal and Louisiana state law makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender in regard to hiring, termination, job training, promotion, compensation, or any other form of workplace benefit or privilege.
To remedy the problem of gender discrimination, the United States Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“CRA”), specifically Title VII of the CRA. This massive anti-discrimination law is commonly known simply as “Title 7”. This law makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. The law also makes it illegal to retaliate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. The law also requires that employers reasonably accommodate applicants’ and employees’ sincerely held religious practices, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer’s business.
In 1997 the Louisiana Legislature re-organized most of the employment discrimination statutes into one consolidated location at La R.S. 32:301 et. seq. This Louisiana statute mirrors the federal law fairly closely.
Tide closely with Title VII is the Equal Pay Act of 1963 “EPA” which makes it illegal to pay different wages to men and women if they perform equal work in the same workplace. This law also makes it illegal to retaliate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
Therefore, under both State and Federal law a victim has a remedy that can include: back pay, benefits, reinstatement, attorney’s fees, court costs, and damages.
If you feel you have been a victim of discrimination or unlawful employment practices, do not hesitate. Many companies have teams of lawyers looking out for their interests, you need the experienced and dedicated team of paralegals, attorneys, and investigators, to assist you here at Sudduth & Associates. Remember that the sooner you get a lawyer involved on your behalf the better your chances of a positive outcome. Contact us today! 337-480-0101.