It would be illegal for employers to discriminate based on employees’ sexual orientation or gender identity, if a bipartisan-sponsored bill passes the Florida Legislature. The sponsors say the measure should help the state attract business.
The anti-discrimination bill, called the Florida Competitive Workforce Act, would expand the protections given to all genders and ability levels, and apply them to sexual orientations and gender identities.
Mallory Wells, with the advocacy group Equality Florida, said, “Right now, you can be fired for being gay in Florida.”
The voice of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender voters is growing, with communities hosting candidate forums to talk about LGBT issues and the first openly gay lawmaker in Florida getting elected to office. Regan McCarthy reports some experts say the group of active voters in a swing state like Florida could make the difference in whose elected president this year.