Historic: Louisiana Senate Committee Advances Employment Non-Discrimination Bill

By Adam Polaski • April 29, 2016 • 12:56 pm

Louisiana lawmakers took an important step forward this week, taking a stand for LGBT-inclusive employment non-discrimination protections. On Thursday, April 28, the Senate Labor Committee voted 4-2 in favor of SB436, a bill to ensure that no one faces employment discrimination in Louisiana based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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This is the first time ever that a positive bill calling for LGBT non-discrimination protections has advanced in Louisiana, allowing the state to join Virginia, Missouri, and several other states this year in taking important, gradual steps toward non-discrimination.

The bill now heads to the Senate floor. Congratulations to Equality Louisiana and Forum for Equality Louisiana, statewide organizations working hard on the ground to make the case for LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections.

Senator Troy Carter in Louisiana said yesterday:

“There are people, day in and day out, in this country, in this state, in this city, in this building, that are discriminated against for whatever reason because they happen to be a part of the class we are trying to protect. This law won’t stop discrimination, but it will give them an opportunity to be protected.”

Momentum is building for statewide non-discrimination protections in Louisiana. Just this month, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards took a major step forward with a new executive order protecting state employees and government contractors from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. He also rescinded former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s shameful executive order that unnecessarily underlined discrimination against same-sex couples – the Marriage and Conscience order, which he issued prior to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that brought the freedom to marry to same-sex couples everywhere, including in Louisiana.

Congratulations to advocates in Louisiana on this historic advancement of LGBT employment protections. No one should face employment discrimination because of who they are or who they love, and we’re glad to see that fact advance in an important way this week in Louisiana.


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