The movement to pass the Competitive Workforce Act and ensure all hard-working LGBT Floridians are protected from discrimination in housing, employment and public places like restaurants, shopping malls, sports stadiums, and doctors offices just got a major boost.
Yesterday, the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FSHCC) announced that they are signing on their support to the statewide business coalition, Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce, which is working to advance LGBT non-discrimination as a strategy for attracting and retaining top talent to the state’s workforce.
FSHCC President and CEO Julio Fuentes says:
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.
Dubbed one of the top five chambers in the nation by the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and representing more than 80,000 local businesses and hundreds of thousands of employees, endorsement from the FSHCC sends a strong signal to lawmakers that the Competitive Workforce Act is a critical business asset and widely supported by communities that drive Florida’s economy.
And this endorsement couldn’t have come at a more pivotal moment. Next Tuesday, lawmakers will hold the first ever hearing on the Competitive Workforce Act. After years of inaction, next week’s hearing is an historical step forward. If passed, the bill will move to another committee for vote before being introduced on the chamber floors.
With business support at all-time record highs, and strong bi-partisan endorsements from inside the Capitol, there is positive momentum like never before to pass the Competitive Workforce Act and ensure gay and transgender Floridians are explicitly protected from discrimination.