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Terms of Employment: Louisiana

Terms of Employment requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Elizabeth A. Roussel, Adams and Reese LLP


  • The Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law prevents employers from refusing to hire, terminating, or otherwise discriminating against employees because of age, disability, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sickle cell trait, and genetic information. See The Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law.
  • Louisiana law does not prohibit employers from refusing to hire based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, but does provide some protections to such employees. See The Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law.
  • The definition of employer under the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law is similar, but not identical, to the definition under the federal employment laws. See Persons Subject to the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law.
  • In Louisiana, employees are considered at-will, unless they are employed pursuant to a contract for a limited term or a contract providing that their employment is not at-will. See At-Will Employment.
  • Louisiana has laws specifically governing the enforceability of noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements between employees and employers. See Noncompetition Agreements; Nonsolicitation Agreements.