In many Florida municipalities, those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community do not have protection from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. However, three Florida cities were recently recognized for their anti-discrimination policies to protect LGBT citizens.
The Florida Businesses for as Competitive Workforce recognized Wilton Manors — which is located in Broward County — St. Petersburg and Orlando. These three cities got a Human Rights Campaign Foundation 2015 Municipal Equality Index of 100 percent. There were 408 cities across the United States that were rated with the MEI. A perfect score was only achieved by 47 of them.
The campaign manager for the FBCW said, “Cities like Orlando, St. Petersburg and Wilton Manors are exhibiting courage and leadership, and the state would benefit economically by following their lead.”
Palm Beach County is one Florida county that expanded its anti-discrimination law to include more businesses that are not allowed to discriminate based on sexual orientation.
The Florida Competitive Workforce Act, which was a combination of Senate Bill 120 and House Bill 45, did not pass earlier this year. It would have changed state law so that it was illegal to discriminate based on gender identity or expression or sexual orientation. The FBCW coalition will work with lawmakers in the state to try to get the Florida Competitive Workforce Act passed.
For those who believe they have suffered discrimination based on their sexual orientation, it’s important that they know their rights. An experienced attorney can provide more information on the legal options that may be available and how to proceed with such actions.
Source: floridapolitics.com, “3 Florida cities receive perfect score for LGBT anti-discrimination policies,” Phil Ammann, Dec. 22, 2015