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Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Florida

  • Author(s): Mallory, Christy
  • Sears, Brad
  • et al.

About 328,000 LGBT workers in Florida are not explicitly protected from discrimination under state or federal laws. Discrimination against LGBT employees in Florida has recently been documented in surveys, complaints to community-based organizations, media reports, court cases, and other sources. Many corporate employers and public opinion in the state support protections for LGBT people in the workplace. If sexual orientation and gender identity were added to existing statewide non-discrimination laws, 154 more complaints would be filed in Florida each year. The cost of enforcing those complaints would be negligible, and would not require additional court or administrative staff. 

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