Statement by Florida Competes related to the U.S. Supreme Court hearing on Title VII, the Civil Rights Act of 1964

(Tallahassee, Fla.) – The following statement is to be attributed to Christina Johnson, spokesperson for Florida Competes, related to today’s U.S. Supreme Court hearing on three LGBT discrimination cases concerning whether existing federal law protects LGBT people under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“Today, Tuesday, Oct. 8, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear three cases related to LGBT employment discrimination that will determine if federal law protects LGBT people against discrimination. The Court has the opportunity to affirm that all LGBT people should be able to work hard and support themselves and their families without fear of harassment or discrimination at work. Regardless of how the Court rules, our elected leaders must pass the Florida Competitive Workforce Act to ensure comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBT Floridians.

Senate Bill 206, led by Senator Darryl Rouson (D-St. Petersburg) and House Bill 161, led by Representatives Jackie Toledo (R-Tampa), Jennifer Webb (D-St. Petersburg) and Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo) will bring the Sunshine State into the 21st century by expanding local Human Rights Ordinances, which have already passed in 12 counties and 31 municipalities, representing 60 percent of Florida’s population.

“Florida businesses must remain competitive in the global marketplace. That is why the Florida Competes Coalition, comprised of 35 major employers, 11 Fortune 500 companies (AT&T, CSX, Darden Restaurants, Marriott, NextEra Energy, Office Depot, Raymond James, Tech Data, Uber, Walt Disney World Resort and Wells Fargo), along with more than 450 local businesses, strongly supports the Florida Competitive Workforce Act to not only be heard, but passed into law this session to ensure our economy thrives. Florida businesses can only succeed if our workforce is as diverse as our state’s population.”

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About Florida Competes

Florida Competes is a 501c(4) whose mission is to support passing the Competitive Workforce Act, which would modernize state law to include anti-discrimination protection based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The coalition believes that the Competitive Workforce Act will make Florida more competitive in the national and global marketplace in much the same way companies have benefited from adopting anti-discrimination policies. For additional information, please go to www.FLCompetes.org or visit the coalition on Twitter or Facebook