Florida’s Top Businesses Join the Fight for Workplace Equality
January 21, 2014 by Marty Rouse, National Field Director
Nearly a dozen of Florida’s largest employers, including Disney and Wells Fargo, have joined the Florida Business Coalition for a Competitive Workforce, a broad coalition aimed to pass a bipartisan bill banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression in employment, housing and public accommodations.
“The Coalition believes that the Florida Competitive Workforce Act will make Florida more competitive in the national and global marketplace in much the same way companies have benefited from adopting anti-discrimination policies,” said, the Florida Business Coalition a statement released on January 13.
The Competitive Workforce Act (HB 239/SB 348) is sponsored by House Representatives Joe Saunders and Holly Raschein and by Senator Joe Arubuzzo.
According to HRC’s 2014 Corporate Equality Index, more Fortune 500 companies implemented inclusive workplace non-discrimination policies than ever before — 91 percent provide explicit protections on the basis of sexual orientation and 61 percent on the basis of gender identity, a historic high.
HRC is proud to partner with Equality Florida in a continued effort to pass a non-discrimination ordinance in Jacksonville, Florida, which would bolster momentum for the statewide effort.
Watch the story on Florida's Fox 35 below.