On May 3rd, the Georgia legislature is set to vote on the anti-gay “religious liberty” bill, which gives faith based organizations the option to deny certain services to gay people. Proponents argue that the bill protects “religious freedom.” However, opponents explain that the measure is appalling and “anti-LGBT.” The fight underscores that while discriminatory incidents still occur, many businesses and employers now recognize how harmful discrimination is, and the importance of eliminating discriminatory practices.
Numerous companies have publicly denounced the bill and have threatened to pull out of Georgia if the Governor signs HB 757. These companies include Coca-Cola, Home Depot and Marriott. Disney has stated that it will stop filming in Georgia, and in a statement noted, “Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law,”
Currently, federal law – Title VII of the Equal Rights Act of 1964 – prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion.