Public employers. The Georgia Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits state agencies from discrimination based on color, religion, national origin, sex, disability (physical or mental impairment), or age (40 years and over). State agencies with 15 or more employees are covered by the Act.
The Act also prohibits state employers from printing or publishing any job notice or advertisement indicating a discriminatory preference, limitation or specification, unless the discrimination constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) (i.e., is required in order to perform the job in question) (GA Code Sec. 45-19-20 et seq.).
Public and private employers. Georgia's Equal Employment for Persons with Disabilities Code prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of physical or mental disability (excluding alcohol and drug addiction) and from printing or publishing discriminatory job notices or advertisements, unless the discriminatory preference, limitation, or specification is job related. The law applies to all employers with 15 or more employees (GA Code Sec. 34-6A-1 et seq.).
In addition, all employers conducting business in the state are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of age (between 40 and 70 years), unless age is a BFOQ (GA Code Sec. 34-1-2(a)).