Macon-Bibb, Georgia Expands Non-Discrimination Employment Protections to LGBT Public EmployeesBy Adam Polaski • May 11, 2017 • 10:44 am
This month, the Board of Commissioners in Macon-Bibb, Georgia voted 6-3 in favor of an ordinance updating its municipal non-discrimination protections to LGBT people so that public employees cannot face employment discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Macon-Bibb is the latest county in Georgia – including Athens-Clark, Savannah, Atlanta and many others – that protect public employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Jeff Graham, Executive Director of Georgia Equality, said after the vote:
“The Macon-Bibb Commission has taken a huge first step toward making sure that their LGBT residents feel accepted and embraced in their community. We know that non-discrimination policies are good for business, so I and the rest of the team at Georgia Equality applaud Macon-Bibb for doing what is right. Georgia Equality has been proud to work toward tonight’s vote by supporting many local advocates in Macon including Bentley Hudgins, Demarcus Beckham, Terry Hatley and the members of the grassroots group Georgia Women (and those who stand with us). Their drive on this issue has been critically important, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”
When municipalities embrace non-discrimination protections that cover the LGBT community, they set an example for other cities and towns in their state – and, more broadly, the nation. Hundreds of cities and towns over the past 40 years have voted to protect public employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, because they know it’s the right thing to do and that no one should face discrimination because of who they are or who they love.