Georgia Religious Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Georgia Religious Discrimination: What you need to know

The Georgia Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits state agencies with 15 or more employees from discriminating in employment on the basis of religion, which includes all aspects of religious observance and practice as well as belief (GA Code Sec. 45-19-21 et seq.). The Act does not apply to private employers. Under the Act, it is unlawful for a covered state agency to:
• Fail or refuse to hire, or to discharge or otherwise discriminate in compensation or in the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of religion.
• Print or publish any employment notice or advertisement indicating a preference, limitation, specification or discrimination on the basis of religion, unless religion is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).
• Limit, segregate or classify on the basis of religion in any way that tends to deprive an individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affects employment status.
• Hire, promote, or advance an individual solely because of religion--however, an employer may voluntarily adopt and carry out a plan to fill vacancies or hire new employees in a manner to eliminate or reduce an imbalance with respect to religion.
• Discriminate in admission to apprenticeships, training, or retraining programs because of religion or to allow admission or promotion in such programs solely because of religion.
• Aid, abet, incite or coerce an unlawful discriminatory act or practice.
• Violate a conciliation agreement, or obstruct or prevent compliance with the Act or an order issued by the state Civil Rights Commission.
• Resist, prevent, impede or interfere with the state Civil Rights Commission.
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Bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ). It is not illegal to discriminate ...

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