Article X, Section 8
of the Louisiana Constitution provides that any person employed in the state classified service who has attained permanent
employment status may only be disciplined for cause set forth in writing. A permanent employee who has been disciplined
has the right to appeal that disciplinary action to the State Civil Service Commission. Separately, the Constitution also
guarantees that no one employed in the state classified service may be discriminated against because of his or her political
or religious beliefs, sex, or race. A classified employee who believes that he or she has been subjected to these types
of prohibited discrimination has the right to appeal to the State Civil Service Commission.
The Appeals Division helps the State Civil Service Commission hear and decide these appeals. The Appeals Division serves
as the Clerk of Court's Office for the Commission. It receives appeals, maintains appeal files, schedules hearings, issues
subpoenas, mails decisions, and compiles the appellate record if judicial review is sought. The Appeals Division also provides a staff of Referees
who hear and decide cases for the Commission.
After the Commission or a Referee hears an appeal, a written decision is issued. If a Referee issues the decision, the employee
and the agency have the right to ask the Commission to review the Referee's decision or to appeal the Referee's decision
directly to the First Circuit Court of Appeal. If the Commission issues the decision, or takes action on an application
for review, the employee and the agency have the right to appeal the Commission's decision to the First Circuit. Any party
dissatisfied with the First Circuit's decision may ask the Louisiana Supreme Court to review the Court of Appeal's decision.
The Louisiana Supreme Court, in its discretion, may or may not grant that request for review.
Electronic Notification Service for Appeals Decisions
This service provides a monthly memorandum listing the decisions rendered the previous month by the State Civil Service
Commission and its Referees, which includes hyperlinks to the decisions themselves.
It also provides an update memorandum regarding the status of decisions that were not final when they were initially reported.
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