Federal and Louisiana law already provide for workplace fairness by prohibiting discrimination against historically vulnerable groups based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and disability. Since Louisiana is an employment at-will state, an employer can hire and fire an employee for any reason not protected by federal, state, or local laws.
Unfortunately, that leaves out a lot of vulnerable people. And that’s not fair.
- It’s not fair that the 10 year employee with a great work record gets fired solely because she’s a lesbian.
- It’s not fair that the hard working employee doesn’t get promoted simply because English is her second language.
- It is not fair when a middle aged man with excellent work performance is let go simply because of his age.
- It’s not fair that the most qualified candidate for the position did not get hired because he is gay.
Many businesses have non-discrimination policies that are much broader than the minimum required by law because they know it is good for business. The vast majority of the Fortune 100 have nondiscrimination policies that include sexual orientation and gender identity. A majority of the Fortune 500 include sexual orientation and many include gender identity. Those companies know that with a diverse workforce, they have access to a larger pool of applicants and have improved their odds of hiring the best people.
Nondiscrimination policies increase productivity and company loyalty as well as reduce turnover rates that then decrease recruiting and training costs. Increasingly, highly talented young people consider strong nondiscrimination policies a good indicator of a company’s commitment to both innovation and high ethical standards in the workplace.