23:342      Unlawful practice by employers prohibited; pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition; benefits and leaves of absence; transfer of position

It shall be an unlawful employment practice unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification:

(1) For any employer, because of the pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition of any female employee, to refuse to promote her, or to refuse to select her for a training program leading to promotion, provided she is able to complete the training program at least three months prior to the anticipated date of departure for her pregnancy leave, or to discharge her from employment or from a training program leading to promotion, or to discriminate against her in compensation or in terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.

(2) For any employer to refuse to allow a female employee affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions either:

(a) To receive the same benefits or privileges of employment granted by that employer 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 which is made available by the employer to temporarily disabled employees.

(b) To take a leave on account of pregnancy for a reasonable period of time, provided such period shall not exceed four months. Such employee shall be entitled to utilize any accrued vacation leave during this period of time. "Reasonable period of time" means that period during which the female employee is disabled on account of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Nothing herein shall be construed to limit the provisions of R.S. 23:341(C) or Subparagraph (2)(a) of this Section. An employer may require any employee who plans to take a leave pursuant to this Section to give the employer reasonable notice of the date such leave shall commence and the estimated duration of such leave.

(3) For an employer who has a policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement requiring or authorizing the transfer of temporarily disabled employees to less strenuous or hazardous positions for the duration of the disability to refuse to transfer a pregnant female employee who so requests.

(4) For any employer to refuse to temporarily transfer a pregnant female employee to a less strenuous or hazardous position for the duration of her pregnancy if she so requests, with the advice of her physician, where such transfer can be reasonably accommodated, provided, however, that no employer shall be required by this Part to create additional employment which the employer would not otherwise have created, nor shall such employer be required to discharge any employee, transfer any employee with more seniority, or promote any employee who is not qualified to perform the job.

Added by Acts 1997, No. 1409, 1, eff. Aug. 1, 1997.