Act for Equality: LGBT Workers Under Attack!

EQLA Act for Equality

Should hard working people in Louisiana have to pay a fine for standing up for themselves after being unfairly discriminated against?

Hardworking lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Louisiana need your help!

Our opponents in the legislature are continuing to use all the dirty tricks at their disposal to make Louisiana a hostile place for LGBT people to live, work, and love. Today a very dangerous bill was filed that would punish LGBT people and many others who sue their employers over discrimination in the workplace.

 

HB 402 by Rep. Alan Seabaugh (R-Shreveport) would require that any employment discrimination lawsuits filed for reasons other than a very short list of protected categories be automatically dismissed and considered “frivolous.”

Currently, Louisiana law doesn’t explicitly protect people against discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. If HB 402 becomes law, courts would have grounds to dismiss discrimination cases that they decide are based on sexual orientation or gender identity- which current law does not protect – and makes workers pay damages and court costs to their employers, adding more financial burden to victims of workplace discrimination.

Please contact the legislators on the House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee via email and phone and let them know you expect them to make the right decision for Louisiana and vote down HB 402.

by Tucker Barry and Matthew Patterson, EQLA Legislative Co-Coordinators

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