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|
|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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