Jeff Graham, the executive director of the LGBT-rights organization Georgia Equality, said the lack of state-specific protections is a problem.
“Atlanta is home to so many large companies that offer employment protections, including sexual orientation and gender identity,” he said. “But we’re in a state that has such little protections for any group of people.”
Graham said many members of the LGBT community in Georgia find that they’re accepted by friends, family and co-workers but may be discriminated against by a supervisor, passed over for a promotion or terminated because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“Employees will file a grievance with the EEOC,” he said, “and that’s when they find out there are no explicit (state) protections.”
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