Georgia Aliens and Immigration laws & HR compliance analysis

Georgia Aliens and Immigration: What you need to know

The Georgia Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits state employers from discriminating on the basis of national origin and makes it unlawful to refuse to hire, discharge, or otherwise discriminate against any individual with respect to the individual's compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of national origin (GA Code Sec. 89-1703).
The Act applies to any state agency that employs 15 or more employees.
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There is no state provision prohibiting discrimination by private employers. However, private employers with 15 or more employees must comply with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of national origin (42 USC 2000e et seq.). IRCA also prohibits discrimination on the basis of citizenship.
The state Commission on Equal Opportunity enforces the Fair Employment Practices Act. The Commission may receive, initiate, investigate, and seek to conciliate and make determinations regarding complaints alleging violations of the Act. Remedial action may include hiring, reinstatement, or upgrading of employees with or without back pay. Appeals of the Commission's decisions may be made to the state Superior Court.
For additional information, visit http://gceo.state.ga.us/.
The federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) requires employers to verify the legal status and right to work of all new hires. To satisfy verification requirements, employers should ask all new hires for documents establishing both identity and work authorization.
There is additional information and details on these requirements.
Requirements for Private Employers. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011

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