Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Louisiana
By Christy Mallory and Brad Sears
Approximately 88,400 LGBT workers in Louisiana are not explicitly protected from discrimination under state or federal laws. Discrimination against LGBT employees has been documented in surveys, media reports and complaints to community-based organizations. Many corporate employers and public opinion in Louisiana support protections for LGBT people in the workplace. If sexual orientation and gender identity were added to existing statewide non-discrimination laws, 41 more complaints would be filed in Louisiana each year. The cost of enforcing those complaints would most likely be negligible, and would not require additional court or administrative staff.