Protecting gay and transgender Floridians from discrimination isn't just morally the right thing to do, it's prerequisite if our state wants to be relevant and economically competitive in the global market. This year, the legislature has the opportunity to send a signal that Florida is open for business—to everyone. Florida lawmakers should not miss this critical opportunity to help our economy and enhance our global credibility.
John Tonnison, Tech Data Executive Vice President and CIO
AT&T established the first GLBT Employee Resource Group in corporate America in 1987 recognizing the importance of diversity and inclusion in making our company successful. We believe that in order to remain competitive in today's ever-changing technology industry, Florida must attract the most innovative and talented workforce. In order to do this, it is imperative that we protect the workforce from discrimination of any kind. We are proud to be a part of a coalition whose goal is to ensure all Floridians are treated equally.
Joe York, AT&T Florida President
Passing the Competitive Workforce Act makes good sense economically and benefits employers and employees by offering a law that is consistent across the state.
Rep. Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo)
Hispanics have powered Florida's population growth since 2000, currently ranking third in the country. The Competitive Workforce Act will not only benefit our network of 80,000 small business owners, but all Floridians as it sends a signal that Florida is a welcoming place to work and grow a business.
Julio Fuentes, FSHCC President and CEO
I have always been a vocal supporter of this pro-business issue and believe there is a fundamental flaw in a society that condones the firing of someone simply because they are LGBT. I am pleased to join Sen. Latvala and my colleagues in the House to co-sponsor this very important piece of legislation. While there are some concerns I have for others to sue unjustifiably, I am confident that will be addressed through the committee process.
Sen. Travis Hutson (R-Palm Coast) co-sponsor of the Competitive Workforce Act
One of our core values at CSX is "People Make the Difference." We practice this by treating each other with respect and dignity. In addition to encouraging each employee to be engaged and add value, this principle and our corporate policies allow us to attract the best talent. CSX is headquartered in Florida, and we support public policies that enhance our state's economic competitiveness. We are proud to join other Florida employers in support of the Competitive Workforce Act.
Bob O'Malley, CSX Vice President of State Governmental Affairs for Florida