In Louisiana its hard to know exactly when your employer can legally fire you, or even demote you or take some other significant action against you. Its generally true to say that a Louisiana employer can fire you or demote you for any reason or no reason at all, unless it is for an illegal reason. What precisely is legal and illegal changes often, depending on national, state and even local laws and ordinances, and also on what emloyment issues our courts have been deciding.
Generally, it is illegal to fire or demote someone based on age, race, sex, national origin, or physical handicap. It is also illegal to fire or demote someone in retaliation for "blowing the whistle", or for protesting or participating in an investigation involving a protected activity.
So if I have rights, What Do I Do?
It's important to contact an experienced lawyer confidentially, right away, "before the ax falls". In my years of practice, I've come to realize that employment situations are often quite fluid before the adverse employment action happens. Situations become less fluid once a personnel action occurs.
It is critically important for you to know what your options are, as soon as you think you are being targeted for an adverse employment action. Sometimes what happens next will determine the outcome of the whole situation. Your employer will often act with the benefit of experienced legal counsel. Since your job is important to you, knowing your options is a must. Call a qualified lawyer.
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