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Louisiana Politician Wants to Legalize LGBT Workplace Discrimination

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Wednesday Apr 17, 2013
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A Republican Louisiana state representative filed a bill on Tuesday that would ban employment discrimination lawsuits based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the conservative state, Think Progress reports.

Louisiana currently does not have any laws that protect members of the LGBT community from employment discrimination. Rep. Alan Seabaugh (R) apparently wants to take things further.

Under his bill, any lawsuit alleging wrongful termination based on sexual orientation or gender identity would be automatically dismissed as "frivolous." The bill would essentially allow Louisiana employers to openly discriminate against gay and transgender workers.

As stated, Seabaugh’s bill (HB 402) "provides that suits filed for employment discrimination for any reason other than age, disability, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, sickle cell trait, and genetic discrimination shall be dismissed and considered frivolous."

Officials from Equality Louisiana took to their website to condemn the legislation. The LGBT group writes the bill would make it so gay and transgender employees’ complaints are not heard and that it would actually punish them. Workers would be liable for damages for discriminating their employers and have to pay court costs. According to the Independent Media Group, the measure would also overrule local anti-discrimination ordinances.

Comments

  • Oh Jed said:, 2013-04-17 09:02:14

    Looks like a knobgobbler to me. Introducing bills like this only make you FEEL straight Allen.


  • Unbreakable1, 2013-04-17 12:25:47

    And that’s why I’ll never move back to LA! New England is my home now.


  • WayGay, 2013-04-17 15:12:50

    LOL. Republicans are just so freaken stupid


  • BlondieSL, 2013-04-17 16:03:34

    Let’s see how this plays out. If this shit passes, it would plunge LA into the dark ages.. ir is that, keep it in the dark ages. Soooo f’ing ass-backwards.


  • GT, 2013-04-17 16:09:36

    Like I have said before. We can’t change these idiots. We can work to see that they don’t get reelected.


  • Bob K, 2013-04-17 17:43:04

    I HOPE THE JERKS WHO BLASTED MARY LANDRIEU for not committing fully to marriage equality for LA are reading this -- We are lucky to have any Democrats elected there. (Besides which, she is a US Senator and her endorsement would be all she can do about it)


  • firebird, 2013-04-17 20:43:20

    Absolutely shameful. I and all my friends who go there every and spend a fortune, will now go to gay friendly states.


  • WayGay, 2013-04-18 08:25:20

    Yes, boycott New Orleans. There are better, cleaner places to go spend our money. Cancel your hotels and be sure to tell them why.


  • Anonymous, 2013-04-18 19:33:42

    In this day and age with all the support for equality, you’d think his statements would be a cruel joke. The repubs keep digging themselves in deeper.


  • dangnad, 2013-04-18 19:34:06

    I lived in NO for many years. Sen Alan Seabaugh represents Shreveport, thus from the regressive northwestern part of the state. No way this legislation will see the light of day. Baton Rouge and New Orleans can stop it. Please don’t boycott NO because of the actions of the primitive rest of the state.


  • firebird, 2013-04-18 20:21:41

    Let’s hope this anti gay hate law never makes it. It’s. Shameful and hateful.


  • Wayne M., 2013-04-18 20:24:43

    This only shows just how the Repukelican Party is not opening its mind on LGBT issues. To deny equality and protection from wrongful dismissal undermines the spirit and principles of the constitution, protecting the rights of all citizens.


  • Anonymous, 2013-04-23 14:27:25

    HB 402 will be considered DOA by the Labor and Industrial Relations Committee at the 2013 Regular Legislative Session. Representative Alan Seabaugh Republican District 5 is using this as a Publicity stunt get national attention for himself and his future politcal Career. Representative Seabaughshould understand and be aware thatthe MEDIA eat there young.


  • Anonymous, 2013-04-23 14:36:16

    Representative Alan Seabaugh Republican District 5 must be using HB 402 as some type of Publicity stunt to get national attention for himself and his future politcal Career. Representative Seabaugh must not understand that the MEDIA eat there young. He must just want his 15 Seconds of Fame. What a Bubba!


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