Georgia Pre-Employment Inquiries (Interviewing) laws & HR compliance analysis

Georgia Pre-Employment Inquiries (Interviewing): What you need to know

Public employers. The Georgia Fair Employment Practices Act (Ga. Code § 45-19-20 et seq.) prohibits discrimination in public employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or age. The law applies to public employers with 15 or more employees and is enforced by the state Commission on Equal Opportunity. Decisions of the commission can be appealed to the state court system.
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Age. The Georgia Age Discrimination Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of age (Ga. Code § 34-1-2 et seq.). The act protects applicants between the ages of 40 and 70. Asking applicants direct questions about age would likely violate the act, unless the reasonable demands of the position require an age distinction. The act covers all public and private employers.
Disabilities. The Georgia Equal Employment for Persons with Disabilities Code prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of physical or mental disability, unless the disability restricts the ability of the individual to perform the job or if a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) exception applies. The Code covers public and private employers with 15 or more employees (Ga. Code § 34-6A-1 et seq.).
AIDS. The AIDS Confidentiality Act protects the confidentiality of information pertaining to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and provides guidelines for disclosure of such information under certain limited conditions (Ga. Code § 24-12-20 et seq.). Employers are prohibited from disclosing any confidential AIDS information. The act covers all employers.
Bankruptcy. The federal bankruptcy code prohibits public employers from discriminating against applicants or employees solely because they ...

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