The gun fanatics apparently have convinced the Republican leadership in the State Senate to hold a vote on the bill that would require employers to allow their employees to keep guns in their parked cars at work. This from the party that professes to believe in less goverment, free enterprise, being business friendly, and having a hands off approach to employer-employee relations, comes a law that would require employers (including private employers) to give their employees Constitutional rights that they have never been afforded while on the job. What is next? Give employees Constitutional free speech rights when on the job? Remember, citizens only have Constitutional rights when it involves government action, not private employers.
If passed and signed by the Governor, this would be quite a shift in public policy in the State of Georgia. For over 150 years, mostly under Democratic Party rule, Georgia has stubbornly remained an employee-at-will state. While Federal laws have been passed prohibing certain employment discrimination (based on race, gender, religion, disability, etc.) for employers who engage in interstate commerce and generally employ 15 or more people, Georgia businesses who employ less than 15 employees are free to discriminate – able to discipline or terminate an employee for any reason at all – even sex discrimination – with no consequences under the law.
If the General Assembly sees it fit to prohibit discrimination against gun owners, I would expect the General Assembly to take the next step and finally recognize, as most states have, that under Georgia law all employers can no longer discriminate based on race, sex, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, etc. and protect private employee whistleblowers from retaliation.