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      RS 23:390     


§390. Settlement of controversies or complaints

            A. The provisions of this Chapter shall not be applicable to resolving any disputes regarding any category of prohibited discrimination provided for in Chapter 3-A of this Title, the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law. Any cause of action related to prohibited discrimination shall be filed in the manner set forth in 29 CFR Part 30 or applicable provisions of a State Plan for Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship adopted pursuant to 29 CFR Part 30 and approved by the United States Department of Labor.

            B.(1) Except for matters described in Subsection A of this Section, any disagreement arising under an apprenticeship agreement which cannot be adjusted locally and which is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement, may be submitted by an apprentice, or by the apprentice's authorized representative, within sixty days of the final local decision, to the Director of Apprenticeship, Louisiana Workforce Commission-Apprenticeship Division.

            (2) Matters covered by a collective bargaining agreement are not to be reviewed pursuant to this Section. Complaint procedures for the settlement of complaints shall be conducted in accordance with the Louisiana Administrative Code, Title 40, Part 9, §309.

            C. Upon the complaint of any interested person or upon his own initiative, the director of apprenticeship may investigate to determine if there has been a violation of the terms of an apprenticeship agreement made under this Chapter and hold hearings, inquiries, and other proceedings necessary to such investigations and determination. The director of apprenticeship shall investigate programs only as necessary to establish compliance, and then only upon proper notice. The parties to such agreement shall be given a fair and impartial hearing, after reasonable notice thereof. All hearings, investigations, and determinations shall be made under authority of reasonable rules and procedure prescribed by the apprenticeship council, subject to the approval of the secretary.

            D. The determination of the director of apprenticeship shall be filed with the secretary. If no appeal therefrom is filed with the secretary within twenty days after the date thereof, such determination shall become the order of the secretary. Any person aggrieved by any determination or action of the director of apprenticeship may appeal therefrom to the secretary who shall hold a hearing thereon, after due notice to the interested parties. Orders and decisions of the secretary shall be prima facie lawful and reasonable if supported by reasonable and competent evidence. Any party to an apprenticeship agreement aggrieved by an order or decision of the secretary may appeal to the courts on questions of law. The decision of the secretary shall be conclusive if no appeal therefrom is filed within thirty days after the date of the order or decision.

            E. No person shall institute any action for the enforcement of any apprenticeship agreement, or for damages for the breach thereof, unless all the administrative remedies provided in this Section have first been exhausted.

            F. The provisions of this Section shall not be construed to preclude an apprentice from pursuing any remedy to address prohibited discrimination in employment which is otherwise available in any other Chapter of this Title, in any other Title of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, in federal law, or in any local ordinance.

            Acts 1987, No. 623, §1; Acts 2010, No. 791, §1; Acts 2014, No. 740, §1, eff. June 19, 2014; Acts 2018, No. 380, §1, eff. June 30, 2018.

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