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|Hearing for Ga. LGBT employment bill slated for Thursday|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|March 20, 2013 15:42|
Georgia's Fair Employment Practices Act, a bill that would protect state employees from job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, will have a hearing before the state House Industry and Labor Committee on Thursday morning.
Georgia Equality, which has been lobbying legislators to pass the bill, is asking people to call members of the committee to urge them to support the bill.
From Georgia Equality:
The bill, first introduced in 2011, would add “sexual orientation” to protected statuses for public employment in Georgia. It defines “sexual orientation” as “a person’s actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality, or gender related identity or expression.”
“Treating LGBT employees fairly is simply better for business,” Drenner said when she reintroduced the bill in February.
“The Georgia Fair Employment Practices Act would also ensure that Georgia State colleges and universities are competitive with major research institutions in attracting and retaining the best and brightest researchers, students and administrators to study, work and develop new products, industries and jobs in Georgia," Drenner said.
In 2012, the bill got a hearing before the House Judiciary subcommittee but was tabled.
Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler
Rep. Pedro Marin
Rep. Terry England
Rep. Bruce Broadrick
Rep. Hugh Floyd
Rep. John Meadows
Rep. Jimmy Pruett
Rep. Chad Nimmer (Chairman)
Rep. Tom Kirby
Rep. Bob Bryant
Rep. Barry Fleming
Rep. Edward Lindsey
Photo: State Rep. Karla Drenner (file photo)
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