The Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity (GCEO) is under the auspices of the Office of the Governor, located next to the Georgia State Capitol at 7 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SE Atlanta, Georgia 30334.
The Commission has a Board of Directors that consists of Attorneys and Community Leaders statewide.
The Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity (GCEO) has two divisions to include the Equal Employment Division and the Fair Housing Division. The staff consists of an Executive Director and Administrator, Deputy Director and two Division Directors along with a team of Investigators.
The Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity was created by the passage of House Bill 1711, authored by the late Representative J.C. Daugherty (District 33) of Atlanta, Georgia in 1978. The legislation was enacted to safeguard individuals within the State of Georgia from discrimination in public employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex handicap and age with respect to employment. The legislation was known as the “Fair Employment Practices Act of 1978.”
Since its passage, additional amendments have been passed to include additional protection from discrimination.
In 1968, the U.S. Congress passed the Federal Fair Housing Act that protects citizens from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, and gender that was added in 1974. In 1988 an amendment was passed to include disability and familial status. In 1988, Georgia passed the Georgia Fair Housing Law that prohibits discrimination in housing and housing related activities based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability familial status the (presence of children under 18 in the household).
The Georgia Fair Housing Law (GFHL) is substantially equivalent to Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended the “Fair Housing Act”, and certain portions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The Fair Housing Act, the ADA, and Section 504 prohibit the same types of discriminatory practices as the GFHL on a nationwide basis.
The National Fair Housing Act Legislative History (Civil Rights Act of 1968) represents the culmination of three years (1966-1968) of congressional consideration of housing discrimination legislation.
It is the goal and aim of the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity’s Equal Employment Division and Fair Housing Division to eliminate discrimination throughout the State of Georgia.