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Florida group, Businesses for a Competitive Workforce, growing

Although there is no place for workplace discrimination, it remains a common concern in companies and states throughout the country. Some states, however, are taking steps in an attempt to eliminate this type of discrimination altogether. The Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce coalition is growing quickly, with the CEO of Florida Blue set to become the leader of the organization. Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce was formed in January, and it is dedicated to pushing for a state law banning discrimination dealing with gender expression and sexual orientation.

Florida Blue was one of the first companies to get on board with the coalition, which makes its CEO a great choice for president. He stated that one of his company's core values is respect and that they strive for workplace equality. He also emphasized the positive effect that being an inclusive employer has had on his business.

Many other executives throughout the state have been named to the coalition. Along with this, many companies are already on board with the idea, including but not limited to the University of North Florida, Winn-Dixie, CSX Corp. and The Haskell Co.

Aside from gender and sexual issues, people can also be treated unfairly at their jobs because of a disability. Even though workplace discrimination of all types may continue to be an issue in many areas, there are organizations such as Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce that are hoping to put an end to many of them in the near future. This might help those who run into this issue in the future, as well as those who have been discriminated against in the past.

Source: Jacksonville Business Journal, "Patrick Geraghty to lead coalition against workplace discrimination" Colleen Michele Jones, Apr. 08, 2014

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