Georgia Maternity and Pregnancy laws & HR compliance analysis

Georgia Maternity and Pregnancy: What you need to know

Georgia has no state law that specifically prohibits private employers from discriminating on the basis of pregnancy in their employment practices.
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Public employers. The Georgia Fair Employment Practices (FEP) Act prohibits employment practices in the public sector that discriminate on the basis of sex, which includes pregnancy, maternity, and related medical conditions.
As a general rule, women affected by one of these must be treated the same for all employment-related purposes, including receipt of benefits under fringe benefit programs, as employees with other types of temporary disabilities.
The law covers public employers with 15 or more employees.
Georgia does not have a state law that specifically requires employers to offer pregnancy leave. However, the Georgia Fair Employment Practices (FEP) Act covers public employers with 15 or more employees and requires that the same leave benefits be provided to women disabled by pregnancy as are provided to other employees with temporary disabilities (GA Stat. Sec. 45-19-20 et seq.).
This means that public employers can provide leave for employees with temporary disabilities, including pregnancy disability, with or without pay, or not provide it at all, as long as all employees are treated the same in their requests for temporary disability leave.
Georgia sets specific requirements for the use of maternity leave by public school teachers and other school personnel.
For purposes of the statute, the term “personnel” includes each person employed in the public school system in the capacity of student services support personnel or administrative and ...

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