Louisiana--Laws Relating to Pregnancy

Louisiana--Laws Relating to Pregnancy

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Prohibitions against Pregnancy Discrimination

It is an unlawful employment practice to discriminate based on pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions.[1]

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Pregnancy Accommodation

It shall be unlawful for any employer to refuse to temporarily transfer a pregnant employee to a less strenuous or hazardous position for the duration of her pregnancy if she requests, where transfer can be reasonably accommodated.[2]

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Pregnancy-related Disability Accommodation

It shall be an unlawful employment practice to refuse to allow an employee either to receive the same benefits or privileges granted to other persons not so affected who are similar in their ability or inability to work, including to take disability or sick leave or any other accrued leave made available to temporarily disabled employees, or to take a leave on account of pregnancy for a reasonable period of time, provided such period shall not exceed four months. The employee may use any accrued vacation leave. Reasonable period means that period during which the female employee is disabled on account of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

It shall also be unlawful for any employer to refuse to temporarily transfer a pregnant employee to a less strenuous or hazardous position for the duration of her pregnancy if she requests, where transfer can be reasonably accommodated.[3]

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Pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions are treated as any other temporary disability. However, no employer shall be required to provide a female employee disability leave for a period exceeding six weeks.[4]

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Breastfeeding Rights

A mother may breastfeed her baby in any place of public accommodation, resort, or amusement.[5] It is unclear whether this authorization extends to a woman’s place of public employment.

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Family and Childcare Leave Laws

Employers with 21 or more Employees - Pregnancy-related Insurance Coverage

An employer is not required to provide his employees with health insurance coverage for the medical costs of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.[6]

For the text of the statute, click here.

For the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, click here.

For the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, click here.

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[1] La. Rev. Stat. § 23:342

[2] Id.

[3] Id.

[4] La. Rev. Stat. §23:341

[5] La. Rev. Stat. § 51:2247.1

[6] Id.

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