Employment Discrimination in Georgia

Avoid employment discrimination against protected classes in Georgia.

What are the protected classes in Georgia?

In all 50 states, federal law makes it illegal to discriminate based on:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions)
  • Disability
  • Age (40-70)
  • Citizenship status
  • Genetic information

In addition, Georgia state law also prohibits discrimination based on:

  • Age (40-70)
  • Disability: Physical, mental, learning, or mental retardation
  • Sex (Equal pay only)
  • Domestic and agricultural employees not protected
  • Public employees are also protected against discrimination on the basis of national origin, race, color, religion, and sex

How many employees must a company in Georgia have to be subject to antidiscrimination laws?

Under federal law, companies with 15 or more employees are covered by Title VII, the primary law prohibiting employment discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination based on genetic information. Companies with 20 or more employees are subject to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the federal law that prohibits discrimination against employees 40 years or older. Companies with four or more employees must comply with the employment discrimination provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of citizenship status. And all companies of any size must pay men and women equally for doing equal work, by virtue of the Equal Pay Act.

In Georgia, companies with 15 or more employees are subject to the state's disability discrimination law, while employers with 10 or more employees must comply with the equal pay law. All employers are subject to the state's age discrimination law.

What government agency regulates workplace discrimination in Georgia?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency that regulates workplace discrimination. You can contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by calling 800-669-4000 or check out its website at www.eeoc.gov. The website will help you locate an EEOC field office in Georgia.

The Atlanta District Office, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces state antidiscrimination law in Georgia. You can contact the Atlanta District Office, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at 404-562-6800 or 800-669-4000 or go to its website.

For more information on employment discrimination, see The Manager's Legal Handbook, by attorneys Lisa Guerin and Amy DelPo (Nolo).

Last updated on 2/21/13.

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