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Discrimination in Georgia

Federal anti-discrimination laws and Georgia anti-discrimination laws make it illegal for employers to treat employees and job candidates differently based on personal characteristics such as gender or religion. If you think you've been the victim of work-related discrimination, then a discrimination attorney or employment lawyer can help you take legal action against the company.

Is Job-Related Discrimination Ever OK?

Under federal and Georgia laws, it is against the law for employers to discriminate against employees and job candidates based on:

  • Sex
  • Age (if the individual is at least 40 years old)
  • Race and skin color
  • Disability
  • Pregnancy
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Genetic information

Groups of people who are discriminated on the basis of one of these characteristics are known as protected classes. Protected classes are groups of people who have traditionally been the victim of discrimination.

If you read through the list of protected classes, you might think that other protected classes should be included. Notice, for example, that it's only illegal to discriminate against workers who are 40 years old. In other words, it is not illegal for an employer to discriminate against someone who is young.

And although it's illegal to discriminate against someone based on gender, it's not illegal—under federal or Georgia law—to discriminate against an employee based on gender identity, sexual orientation or marital status. However, some cities (including Atlanta) have passed broader anti-discrimination laws that bar other types of discrimination. The Atlanta anti-discrimination ordinance, for example, also makes it illegal for employers of a certain size to discriminate against sexual orientation, gender identity, parental or familial status, and domestic relationship status.

Find & Hire Local Georgia Discrimination Attorneys

If you think you've been the victim of job-related discrimination, talk to an employment attorney or anti-discrimination lawyer immediately. You have a limited period of time to file a legal claim.

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