MEDIA ALERT : BIPARTISAN ANNOUNCEMENT RE: LEGISLATION TO PROTECT FLORIDA’S LGBT COMMUNITY FROM DISCRIMINATION

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Posted on November 4, 2013 - 3:16pm by Sue.

Press conference in Tallahassee: Tuesday, November 5 @ 12:30 pm

Bipartisan announcement re: legislation to protect Florida’s LGBT community from discrimination

“You’re gay?  You’re fired!” This is legal in Florida, except where individual local governments have passed protection on their own.

WHO:             

Representative Joe Saunders (D-Orlando)
Representative Holly Raschein (R- Key Largo)
Representative Dave Hood (R-Daytona Beach)
Senator Joseph Abruzzo (D- Wellington)
Gina Duncan, Equality Florida Board Member

WHAT:            

Calling for the passage of HB 239, the Florida Competitive Workforce Act (FCWA). This legislation will protect Florida’s LGBT community from discrimination in employment, public accommodations and housing.

WHEN:            

Tuesday, November 5 @12:30 PM

WHERE:         

Tallahassee, The Capitol; 4th Floor Rotunda -- House Side

ABOUT THE FCWA:

http://flhouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51356

The Florida Competitive Workforce Act (FCWA) prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing and public accommodations. The FCWA would amend Ch. 760 of the Florida State Statues that currently prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap or marital status. 

Last week, Reps. Joe Saunders (D-Orlando) and Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo) filed the Competitive Workforce Act, which updates the state's Civil Rights Act of 1992 to include protections against discrimination for reasons of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

MEDIA CONTACT:      Mallory Garner-Wells, Public Policy Director;   [email protected]

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