There are currently no federal or state employment protections for LGBT Georgians. In other words, you can be fired simply because you are gay or transgender in the state of Georgia.
GE is committed to the passage of the Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA) and other measures on a state and local level that ensure equality in the workplace. FEPA would add sexual orientation and gender identity to Chapter 19 of the Georgia state statues.
Although no statewide law yet exists, GE has been successfully working with our local partners all over the state to ensure LGBT people are protected from discrimination at the local level. Communities enact these protections because they know having a diverse talent pool helps their community to thrive. Having these protections is quickly becoming the standard for cities and counties across Georgia.
In addition to cities and counties, businesses have been leading the way in offering LGBT inclusive non-discrimination protections. In fact, 89% of Fortune 500 companies protect employees against discrimination based on sexual orientation and 41% also include gender identity.
You can contact your lawmakers and tell them that Georgia needs the Fair Employment Practices Act – gay and transgender employees should be treated fairly in the workplace.