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Florida is a great place to live and do business. Let’s keep it that way. Florida Competes is a coalition of over 450 businesses—from Fortune 500 companies to locally owned shops—dedicated to passing the Florida Competitive Workforce Act, which would ensure all hardworking LGBT Floridians are protected from discrimination under state law. Inclusive protections will send the message that Florida is open for business for all, building strong businesses that lead to strong communities. When Florida’s communities are stronger, our state is a healthier, more vibrant and thriving place to live, work, and raise a family. Learn More
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Business Icon Florida Businesses Agree: It’s time to pass the Competitive Workforce Act! Hundreds of Florida businesses have joined Florida Competes because they agree statewide LGBT non-discrimination protections are necessary to growing Florida's economy and building its brand as one of the #1 places to do business. That's why many of our state’s top businesses—including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Royal Caribbean and Tech Data—already protect their LGBT employees from discrimination. It's time for state law to reflect long-standing business best practices and ensure non-discrimination protections for ALL Floridians.
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450+ businesses standing together to ensure Florida is open for business to everyone.
Over 56% of Floridians live in communities with protections for sexual orientation or gender identity in their local non-discrimination policies.
Florida is the top travel destination in the world bringing over 105 million tourists to the state in 2015.
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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. Senator 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
Testimonials from Real Floridians Businesses know that inclusive statewide protections are necessary to compete for top talent and major investors in a national and global economy. That’s why across the state, leaders in business—from small business owners to CEOs of major corporations—are speaking out in support of the Florida Competitive Workforce Act to protect ALL hardworking Floridians from discrimination, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
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