We are excited to have incredible bipartisan support from Florida lawmakers for the Florida Competitive Workforce Act, which would update Florida’s non-discrimination laws to include LGBT people and help Florida continue to compete in the global marketplace. The measure is currently before the Florida Legislature as House Bill 33 by Rep. Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo) and Senate Bill 156 by Sen. Joe Abruzzo (D-Wellington). Below are quotes from some of the cosponsors about why they support this important bill. Take a look!
“House Bill 33 will clarify workplace protections and create a uniform standard across our state. Passing the Competitive Workforce Act will benefit employers and the workforce, in addition to continuing Florida’s trend of business success.” – Rep. Bill Hager (R-Delray Beach)
“Passing this bill will benefit Florida’s business community and its employees. Providing fairness in the workplace ensures that Florida’s business climate will continue to shine in a competitive global economy.” – Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen (R-Fort Myers)
“The Competitive Workforce Act will create a stronger workforce in Florida. Passing consistent standards across the state will guarantee we are able to draw on the creativity and expertise of all our residents in order to drive our state’s business success.” – Rep. Mike Miller (R-Winter Park)
“The Competitive Workforce Act will eliminate business inefficiencies and increase economic growth. Implementing protections against all forms of discrimination is the right choice for employees, employers, businesses and our state.” – Rep. Ray Pilon (R-Sarasota)
“While residents in Alachua County are covered by anti-discrimination protections that include gay and transgender individuals, millions of Floridians live in areas where such protections don’t exist. Passing the Competitive Workforce Act will create consistency and fairness for employers and employees across the state. It is the right thing to do!” – Rep. Clovis Watson, Jr. (D-Alachua)
Click here to use our Contact Your Legislator tool to ask your lawmaker to lend their support to this important bill.