Gay discrimination still a problem for many Florida workers, report says

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By Paul Brinkmann
March 11, 2015

About 328,000 employees in Florida are vulnerable to discrimination because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to a new report.

That’s how many LGBT employees are living in Florida counties with no laws addressing discrimination against them, the UCLA Williams Institute report said. The report comes shortly after the legalization of same-sex marriage in Florida in January.

Thirty-one of the 67 counties in Florida have specifc laws banning discrimination; the remainder, mostly in northern Florida, do not. That’s about 46 percent of Florida’s workforce, the report said.

There are no state or federal laws banning such discrimination either. That means employers in those counties can create hostile work environments for gay people and fire gay employees who are performing well, just because they are gay.

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