What do I do if I am denied?
If you believe the decision on your application was wrong or was made too slowly, then you may ask for a fair hearing. The parish office will present the evidence on which its decision was made, and you will be expected to present evidence to support your claim at the hearing. The fair hearing judge will then determine whether you are entitled to your claim.
If you wish to request a fair hearing, you should follow the instructions on the back of the notice you receive from the agency or contact the local office. Requests for fair hearings are mailed to the Appeals Division, P. O. Box 2944, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821. The request must be made within 30 days after the local office decision.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, or on the basis of religion or political beliefs, it is your right to file a complaint either through your local Economic Stability office or directly to the Economic Stability Division office, or to the Federal Government. If you wish to file such a complaint, you may get the complaint form from your parish Economic Stability office.