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Big mistake on your boss' part. Not only is it idiotic for obvious reasons, he will also soon realise just how spoiled, and therefore likely lazy, his girlfriend really is. And she will realise that this whole "working" thing isn't as fun as getting her boyfriend to get stuff for her.
As someone who lives and works in Georgia, you can be fired for any reason other than a federally protected reason(religion, race, sex, sexual orientation). That means that the company/boss was well within the law to fire him and hire/promote his own gf. As long as the company can prove that it wasn't for one of the reasons protected under the Equal Opportunity act then there's nothing that can be done about it except filing a complaint with someone higher up and pursuing severance/unemployment/new employment.
Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Hiring your girlfriend is an Equal Employment Opportunity Act violation, and subjects you to action by the EEOC. The reason being that it creates a "quid pro quo" form of sex discrimination: the hire is based on the fact you're having sex with the person rather than their merits for the position. For this reason, most companies expressly prohibit you from hiring anyone you have any sort of romantic connection to, or from having a romantic connection with a superior. This is definitely actionable, even in Georgia.
The EEOC has successfully prosecuted civil discrimination cases based on both inappropriate same-sex and opposite-sex relationships. The sex of the harasser and victim don't make any difference in the applicability of the law, only that sex is the reason for workplace behavior. Someone can still (sadly) fire you because you're LGBT, but not because they prefer their LGBT partner for sexual reasons, or fire you for refusing sexual advances/harassment.
Yeah, #78, that's what I meant. I didn't know that about the sexual harassment charges, which is great that anyone can be charge for their wrongdoings, but I feel like it was pretty clear that I meant "if he fired OP for being gay and he even said so he likely wouldn't get in trouble." So idk why I'm getting downvoted because LGBT+ people are still able to be discriminated against when it comes to getting/keeping jobs.
Neat, an FML that makes me sick to my stomach with no detailed imagery of something gross.
I'm like 92% sure that he can't fire you without a legitimate reason. Also if it's not a family owned business which he is the owner of, hiring relatives or significant others is a conflict of interest and you could take it up with the HR of your company or his higher ups.
I'm not positive, but I'd imagine that Georgia is an at will employment state, which basically means as long as his boss didn't specifically say that OP was fired because he was black or gay or something, there is nothing he did that was illegal. Hiring the GF might go against company policy so op still might have some grounds to complain.
This is the most blatant case of nepotism I have ever heard of. It's so blatant that it adheres directly to the dictionary definition of the word. In actuality, your ex-boss is an obtuse sonofabitch. It's going to bite him in the asshole sooner rather than later, and he's going to wind up with quite the quandary on his hands. While it's a blessing (in a sense) to not have to be embroiled in potential workplace drama, you did just lose a job for a terrible reason, and, if it's not at-will employment, then you should check your labor law and see what you can do.
You can fire without reason, but you can't fire when sex is the reason. In this case, it clearly is. Sex discrimination law at the federal level has been read by courts to include favoring a romantic partner over another person on the basis of the relationship.