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Georgia Civil Rights Laws

Civil rights are the collective rights of individuals to receive equal treatment under the law, such as freedom from discrimination at one's place of employment. Most civil rights laws originate at the federal level, such as the prohibition against discrimination on the basis of race, gender, or national origin. Georgia civil rights laws do not offer additional protections for workers beyond what is provided by federal law.

Regardless, the following table lists the details of how Georgia civil rights laws are enforced. See FindLaw's extensive Civil Rights section to learn more.

Code Section 7-6-1 and 2 (Credit); 34-1-2 (Age); 45-19-20, et seq. (Public Employment); 8-3-200, et seq. (Housing)
Agency Public Employment and Housing: Commission on Equal Opportunities
Administrative Preemption No
Private Action Permitted? 7-6-2: Yes; 34-1-2: No; Public Employment: No; Housing: Yes
Attorney Fees Recoverable by Plaintiff? 7-6-2: No; 34-1-2: No; Public Employment: Discretionary; Housing: Yes
Statute of Limitations Public Employment: 180 days/agency Housing: 1 yr./agency, 2 yrs./private

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Georgia employment attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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