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Georgia law doesn't protect gay employees, Shanor says

Ira Pittman, a 62-year-old choir director, says he was given the choice to either retire or be fired after church members at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church discovered he was gay. Pittman had worked there for more than 20 years, according to a WABE story. The church decision isn't illegal, says Emory Law Professor Charles Shanor. "Georgia has no law which bars discrimination by private employers," he said. Shanor is former general counsel for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Pittman has filed a complaint with the federal agency.
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