Georgia National Origin Discrimination: What you need to know

There is no state provision prohibiting national origin discrimination by private employers. However, private employers with 15 or more employees must comply with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of national origin (42 USC 2000e et seq.). There is more information.
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The Georgia Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits state employers from discriminating in employment because of national origin (GA Code Sec. 45-19-29). The Act applies to any state agency that employs 15 or more employees. Willful violations of the Act may be punishable by a civil fine not to exceed $1,000.
Citizenship requirements that are made a condition of employment discriminate on the basis of national origin in violation of the state law. Inquiries about a person's citizenship or country of birth are unlawful and imply discrimination based on national origin.
The federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) requires employers to verify the identity and eligibility to work in the United States for all newly hired employees. To satisfy IRCA's verification requirements, employers should ask all new hires for documents establishing both identity and work authorization, but not the employee's country of origin.
Georgia has adopted requirements intended to discourage the hiring of individuals who are not authorized to work in the United States. The Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act also bars employers from deducting wages or remuneration for labor services paid to an individual as a business expense if the individual is not authorized to work in the United States. The bar on deduction applies when more than $600 ...

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