Many people believe that simply because it is 2016, discrimination no longer exists. This unfortunately is a complete myth. While it is true that discrimination is no longer “open and obvious” many of the same feelings that lead to racist behavior are alive and well in our culture.
To remedy this problem, 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.
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 at 337-480-0101.