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Top Florida employers join coalition to fight against LGBT discrimination

Monday, January 13, 2014

Many of Florida’s largest employers on Monday launched the Florida Business Coalition for a Competitive Workforce, aimed at passing a bipartisan bill that would ban anti-gay and gender-based discrimination.

FloridaThe Competitive Workforce Act would modernize state law to include anti-discrimination protection based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, reports Equality Florida.

The legislation, sponsored in the state House Reps. Joe Saunders (D-Orlando) and Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo) and by Sen. Joe Abruzzo (D-Wellington) in the Senate, aims to grow the economy by attracting and retaining the best workers to Florida with the promise of equal opportunity employment.

Since recruiting and retaining talent is critical to our long-term business success, Coalition members understand that Florida employers must attract qualified and diverse applicants who reflect the diverse population of the state,” the employers said, in a statement.

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“The link between strong anti-discrimination laws and the ability to draw the best and the brightest is the reason that 84% of the nation’s largest companies have adopted comprehensive anti-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation and gender identity.”

The coalition says that the measure will make Florida more competitive in the national and global marketplace in much the same way companies have benefited from adopting anti-discrimination policies.

The coalition includes major Florida employers such as Walt Disney World Resorts, Darden Restaurants Inc., CSX Corp., Tech Data Corp., Wells Fargo Bank, Florida Blue, HSN, the University of North Florida, C1 Bank, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt law firm and The Haskell Co.

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22 more reader comments:

  1. Hmmm.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:50am
  2. great!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:51am
  3. Well good but good luck!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:51am
  4. Maybe they can get their lackeys in the legislature to approve gay marriage.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:53am
  5. Any state that choses not to respect our community as they would other people should shut down. You don’t want my people to have rights? Then I don’t want you to have my money. FloriDUH! They should burn this place to the ground and start over. If I weren’t taking care of my dad here, I’d have left a long time ago. This place is trashy.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:53am
  6. I despise Florida already, now I have one more reason!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:53am
  7. I won’t go fla until they change it!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:59am
  8. Good news. Nobody should be discriminated against for being who they are. Everyone deserves to have the same chance regardless of race, sexual orientation, etc. Everyone also deserves equal pay for doing the same job. Men should not be paid higher than women or anyone at that. Equal pay, equal employment opportunity. Everyone deserves the same respect

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:01am
  9. I am going to make sure these companies get my money!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:15am
  10. It’s about time!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:30am
  11. You gotta dump Rick Scott first!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:38am
  12. About damn time!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:49am
  13. Do you people read the article before you comment? They are FOR equality in the work place.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 2:12am
  14. I have gay friends in FL, so this definitely is of interest to me. Jam this down Rick Scott’s throat, if you have to!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 2:32am
  15. When they going to hace same marriage?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 3:01am
  16. LGBT taxpayers having no rights in FL is one of the many reasons, despite the Republicans’ redistricting and various voter suppression tactics, to vote in November straight line Democrat, and make sure your vote is counted.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 4:02am
  17. This is a good start. I will not settle for less than equal rights here in Florida. Discrimination is not okay.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:37am
  18. The Republicans will fight this hard. Too bad.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 6:28am
  19. It’s about time FL~

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11:58am
  20. Positive news out of Florida. These companies really do know what is good for their business..diversity.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:47pm
  21. It’s a good start! We must vote, Florida will be a blue state.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 2:01pm
  22. about time.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 3:24pm