Florida’s Competitive Workforce Act is back with bipartisan support

By : Jeremy Williams
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Three Florida legislators have again filed the Competitive Workforce Act, an update to the state’s Civil Rights Act of 1992 which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of groups protected against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.

Florida law currently offers these protections based on race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, disability status, national origin, age and marital status.

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Florida legislators bring Competitive Workforce Act back to the table

By : Billy Manes
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In a week that saw President Donald Trump’s administration vacillating between “yes” or “no” on support of a proposed federal religious freedom law (via executive order) that would permit discrimination based upon the religious affiliations of businesses, things could be taking an uptick at the Florida level. Though Trump’s executive order does in fact exist, stating a cornucopia of potential rights roll-backs that could bring adverse effects to everything from marriage to adoption, Trump has since promised to uphold President Obama’s executive order that forbids federal agencies from discriminating against LGBTQ citizens. The rest, by most reports, remains in flux.

However, Florida’s Competitive Workforce Act, which died last year in the Florida Senate, is back this year with bipartisan support in advance of the March legislative session in Tallahassee.

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A Florida mother’s dying wish: protect my gay son

By : Staff Report
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A woman with a terminal illness has one request before she passes: She wants to meet with Fla. Gov. Rick Scott to discuss LGBT protections on behalf of her gay son.

Dr. Marie Bristol was in a car accident several years ago that left her with an illness called scleroderma, a chronic connective tissue disease. Currently, there is no cure for it.

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