Employment Discrimination Blog

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ban on Discrimination Against LGBT State Employees in Georgia Fails

Late last year, a Georgia representative introduced a bill in the Georgia House of Representatives that would ban job discrimination against state employees because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill failed to pass out of the House Judiciary Committee earlier this month, and is dead for the year. The representative plans to introduce the bill again next year.

Some concerns that were expressed against the bill included fears that Georgia would be required to hire pedophiles and necrophiliacs. Others were concerned the bill would serve as an affirmative action bill that would create a quota system. However, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community enthusiastically supports the measure, expressing that they are afraid that if their sexual orientation became known at work with the state of Georgia, they would be discriminated against or even fired. The state representative who introduced the bill believes that the bill will have more support in 2013 because it is not an election year.

Currently, 21 other states ban discrimination against public employees based on their sexual orientation. Twelve states have laws that prohibit employment discrimination against state employees based on gender identity and expression. There is no federal law that addresses employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the federal government. Since 1994, a bill has been proposed in the U.S. Congress that would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by nonreligious employers with at least 15 employees. The bill has not yet passed and is currently in committee.

If you feel that you have been discriminated against in an employment situation, contact a qualified employment attorney today. You may have a case against the employer, depending on what type of discrimination is involved.

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