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Discrimination

Georgia Equality’s mission is to advance fairness, safety and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities and our allies throughout the state. Georgia Equality is dedicated to ensuring LGBT Georgians are protected against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. 

Workplace Discrimination:

Being fired, refused hire or promotion based on perceived or real sexual orientation or gender identity.

In July 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled that Title VII of the 1967 Civil Rights Act includes protection from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. Previously, the EEOC found that gender identity-based discrimination is also prohibited by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The ruling applies to federal claims and will also be used by the EEOC’s offices in Georgia when investigating discrimination claims in the private sector.

Georgia Equality encourages individuals who experience discrimination based on their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity to file a complaint with the EEOC.

Currently, Georgia Equality is committed to the passage of the Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA), which will provide clear instructions to agencies, supervisors, and employees to prevent discrimination in public employment and ensure proper treatment of all state employees. FEPA would add sexual orientation and gender identity to Chapter 19 of the Georgia state statutes.

Tell Your Legislators: Support the Fair Employment Practices Act! 

Additionally, check your local non-discrimination ordinance to see if it prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.


Housing Discrimination:

Georgians can be refused rental or removed from their homes because of their perceived or real gender identity or sexual orientation.

If you believe you have experienced housing discrimination, you should contact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. You may also file a housing complaint online. Contact your local HUD office for assistance with filing a complaint. 

Additionally, check your local non-discrimination ordinance to see if it prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. 


Public Accommodations Discrimination:

Be refused service, entry, etc. into a place of public accommodation based on your perceived or real gender identity. Public accommodations are generally defined as entities, both public and private. Examples include retail stores, restaurants, hotels, parks, entertainment venues, as well as educational institutions, recreation facilities and service centers.

Additionally, check your local non-discrimination ordinance to see if it prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Have you been discriminated against because of your real or perceived sexual orenitation or gender identity? Tell us your story here.


Discrimination in Prison, Jails, and Detention Centers:

Georgia Equality is dedicated to putting an end to discrimination against LGBT people in Georgia prisons, jails, and detention centers.

If you have experienced discrimination while incarcerated in Georgia, please contact Sarah Geraghty, Managing Attorney of the Impact Litigation Unit at email hidden; JavaScript is required or 404-688-1202.


 Religious Discrimination:

In January 2015, Georgia Equality launched a historic grassroots campaign with Georgia Unites Against Discrimination to oppose legislation in the Georgia General Assembly that essentially allows individuals to use their religious beliefs to harm the LGBT community and others.

The freedom of religion is one of our most fundamental rights. It’s enshrined in our Constitution and reflected in laws across the land – and it’s not up for debate. In fact, it’s one of the many freedoms that allow each and every American to live their lives to the fullest and advance the common good.

But a new type of bill appearing in state legislatures across the country, often called a “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA), essentially allows individuals to use their religious beliefs to harm others, paving the way for challenges to virtually any law designed to protect all of us from various forms of discrimination. These RFRA bills ultimately create unforeseen consequences and cause real problems for people, governments and businesses.

Georgia Equality is committed to stopping RFRA in Georgia and to advancing polices and laws that advance fairness, safety and opportunity for LGBT Georgians.

Tell Your Lawmakers: No Discrimination in Georgia!

Have you been discriminated against because of your real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity? Tell us your story here.