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IberiaBank to lay off 97 employees in Louisiana

Residents of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, have probably heard that IberiaBank Corp. plans to lay off 97 employees at its Teche Federal Bank's headquarters in New Iberia over the next few months. The bank has already filed the necessary documents with the Louisiana Workforce Commission and will start laying-off workers next month. The task will be completed by June 30. With the terminations being completed fairly quickly, the question remains; are the employees being given enough time before the lay-offs begin or are their employee rights being infringed upon?

According to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which was enacted in 1989, companies that are covered under WARN must give at least 60 days' notice before they can begin terminating their employees. The notice must be given to all of the affected workers and their unions as well. Local government authorities must be notified too, otherwise the move will be considered wrongful termination.

Laws should be implemented to avoid workplace discrimination

Even today, women still face discrimination in the workplace area. Although a woman may work equally hard at her job, why does she continue to receive lower income than her male counterpart?

According to recent government data, a woman in Louisiana earns an average of 67 cents compared to $1 earned by a man when working comparable jobs. According to employment law, a woman and a man are required to be paid an equal amount for comparable jobs. Unfortunately, few companies follow this law. This discrimination in the workplace is still very commonplace, even though it is unlawful.

Ex-employee files wrongful termination lawsuit against management

In Louisiana, as elsewhere in the United States, the firing of an employee without sufficient cause is a major concern for workers and those who enforce employment laws. These laws have been implemented over the last few decades to protect employee rights. The law now recognizes that employees have the right to complain about unlawful activities taking place in their workplace and cannot be terminated without an explanation that is legitimate and related to work performance.

In one recent incident, a former employee of a prison alternative program in Ohio has filed suit against her former employers with the allegation that she was wrongly terminated because she reported abuses by a program manager. The woman has filed a lawsuit seeking $25,000 in damages for loss of income and other benefits.

Fast-food chain workers file suit over unpaid overtime

Many Louisiana residents may not be aware of the specifics of Louisiana's wage and hour laws. When workers engage in work for an employer, they expect compensation. When they work overtime, they are entitled to be paid for that work, too. Not all companies observe this basic tenet of employment law. Unfortunately, increasing numbers of companies categorize employees as exempt to avoid paying overtime. This is an unlawful violation of federal wage and hour laws.

In one recent incident, employees at a major fast-food restaurant filed lawsuits against the company claiming they had not been paid for time at work when demand from customers slowed down, a federal labor law violation. The employees alleged that they were told to leave work for a few hours when business was slow and then return when business picked up.

Louisiana College administrator sues for wrongful dismissal

Many workers in Louisiana, at some point in their life, have faced workplace discrimination or some type of harassment. They may even have faced wrongful termination. Discrimination based on religion, sex or marital status is unlawful in the workplace. Sometimes, discrimination results in termination of service, and, if a person is honest and forthcoming, there may be other people who react negatively to that. In Louisiana, as well as many other states, cases of wrongful termination have been reported recently.

In a recent incident, a former college administrator filed a lawsuit against a Baptist Convention-affiliated school, stating that the administrator was terminated as a result of a whistleblower report, which alleged misconduct by the school president. The former executive vice president claims that he followed school policy by reporting to the trustees on the mismanagement of the school funds. It was not well received by the authorities and the school president.

Workplace discrimination against women must be prohibited

Workplace discrimination is still a concern in the corporate world, whether someone is working in an office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, or any other region in the world. It is still unknown why, even in the 21st century, certain sections of people are treated less favorably than others based on their color, sex, religion, age, marital status or even if they are pregnant. Discrimination at workplaces is against the law.

According to a recent study based on a survey from 8,500 men and 9,000 women in 27 countries, including the United States, women face more discrimination and get fewer opportunities at work than men. According to the report, women are paid less and, compared with their male counterpart, their jobs are less flexible and more stressful. If questions of promotions and increments start in workplace, they often get a raw deal. And women who are pregnant have to bear more suffering as they are often considered not fit for the job.

Louisiana hotel employee sues employer for wrongful termination

Losing a job is likely to affect the worker and family members in significant ways. A layoff becomes even harder when an employee realizes that they were wrongfully terminated based on grounds that violate state and federal employment law.

Recently, a former employee of a New Orleans hotel filed suit in Orleans Parish Civil Court alleging she was fired after co-workers spread rumors that said she was a practitioner of voodoo and witchcraft. The woman worked at the hotel from April of 1996 until November of 2012. According to the plaintiff, her supervisor suddenly informed her she was not doing her job properly and fired her. She claims deficiencies in her performance had never been pointed out before and that she was not given an opportunity to correct them.

Alderman denies police's request for overtime in Louisiana city

In Baton Rouge and the rest of Louisiana, police departments in the cities and towns play a crucial role in keeping streets free of criminal activities. Whether petty crimes or more serious offenses, authorities and other state residents depend on the efforts of the police to maintain law and order and to provide safety.

Recently, Opelousas, Louisiana, has seen considerable drug-related activities. In addition to seizing narcotic substances and firearms, police in the city have also arrested 10 people and confiscated cash and vehicles. Moreover, within the first 28 days of 2014, the city had three murders, according to the police. According to the police chief, all three murders were drug related.

Baton Rouge's BREC employees paid below market rates

The East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission is a highly regarded park system based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. BREC operates public parks and recreation facilities throughout the East Baton Rouge Parish. The award-winning agency is a member of the National Recreation and Park Association and has been nationally accredited and regarded as one of America's best parks and recreation departments.

In a recent analysis conducted by an outside consultant, however, it was found that BREC employees are paid 12 to 13 percent below competitive market rates, depending on their job classification. The findings are based on wages in comparable jobs in areas similar to Baton Rouge. The consultants believe the reason behind the lower pay is several years passed during which employees did not receive pay increases.

Baton Rouge could have workplace discrimination ordinance

Many Louisiana workers probably agree that discrimination in the workplace on the grounds of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation should be discouraged and regarded as relics of the past. Cities such as New Orleans and Shreveport have already passed and enforced laws that prohibit workplace discrimination on any of these grounds.

Recently, one member of the Baton Rouge Metro Council suggested the implementation of a city law that would prohibit discrimination in workplaces within the city. After working with the parish attorney's office, this councilmember now expects to put the nondiscrimination ordinance on the council's agenda in the coming weeks.

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