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Florida Fair Employment Laws

Discrimination in County and Municipal Government

Prohibits county and municipal government agencies and divisions from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or religion with respect to compensation, hiring, tenure, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.

Age Discrimination in State or County Government

Prohibits discrimination on the basis of age in employment in state or county government.

Age Discrimination for Public Employers, etc.

Prohibits public employers, employment agencies, and labor organizations from imposing arbitrary age limits and practicing age discrimination in hiring, discharging, mandatory retirement, or with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, and promotes the employment of older persons based on ability.

Wage Discrimination Based on Sex

Prohibits any employer from discriminating between employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to employees at a rate less than the rate at which he or she pays wages to employees of the opposite sex for equal work on jobs the performance of which requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and which are performed under similar working conditions, except when such payment is made pursuant to: a seniority system, a merit system, a system which measures earnings by quantity or quality of production, or a differential based on any reasonable factor other than sex when exercised in good faith.

Discrimination Based on Sickle Cell Trait

Prohibits any employer from discrimination in hiring or terminations based on possession of the Sickle Cell Trait.


Prohibits any employer from retaliating against an employee because the employee has
1) disclosed, or threatened to disclose, to any appropriate government agency, under oath, in writing, an activity, policy, or practice of the employer that is in violation of a law, rule, or regulation (as long as the employee has, in writing, brought the activity, policy, or practice to the attention of a supervisor or the employer and has afforded the employer a reasonable opportunity to correct the activity, policy, or practice);
2) provided information to, or testified before, any appropriate governmental agency, person, or entity conducting an investigation, hearing, or inquiry into an alleged violation of a law, rule, or regulation by the employer; or
3) objected to, or refused to participate in, any activity, policy, or practice of the employer which is in violation of a law, rule, or regulation.

Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992

Makes it unlawful for any employer to discharge or to fail or refuse to hire any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, or to limit, segregate, or classify employees or applicants for employment in any way which would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities, or adversely affect any individual's status as an employee, because of such individual's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or marital status. 

Established the Florida Commission on Human Relations.

Discrimination Based on AIDS or HIV

Classifies a person with AIDS, AIDS Related Complex, or HIV as having all the protections afforded to a person with a disability, with the exception that an employer may assert that a bona fide occupational qualification exists for human immunodeficiency virus-related testing and has the burden of proving that such testing is necessary to ascertain whether an employee or applicant is currently able to perform in a reasonable manner the duties of the particular job or whether an employee or applicant will present a significant risk of transmitting the virus to other persons in the course of normal work activities.

Interference With Exercise of Rights

Prohibits any person from interfering or attempting to interfere by threats, intimidation, or coercion with the exercise or enjoyment by any other person of rights secured by the State Constitution or laws of the state.

Felons, Removal of Disqualifications

Establishes law on when a person may be disqualified for employment because of the prior conviction for a crime, and under what conditions such disqualifications may be lifted.

Whistle Blower's Act

Prohibits retaliation against employees known as Whistle Blowers, and establishing rules for confidentiality.

Veteran's Preference in Employment

Establishes rules for state government and political subdivisions within the state for giving preference in the appointment and retention of disabled veterans, spouses of disabled veterans, veterans of certain wars and expeditions, and widows or widowers of veterans who died of service-connected disabilities.

Background Screening for Employment

Establishes rules for background screening prior to employment for different occupational levels.

Employment of Aliens

Prohibits any employer from employing any alien who is not authorized to work by immigration laws.

Drug-Free Workplace Act

Establishes the drug-testing standards and regulations necessary for requiring a drug-free workplace.

Domestic Violence

Defines domestic violence, establishes laws and rules regarding investigations, the batterers' intervention program, finding of guilt of intent to do bodily harm, sentencing and probation guidelines, and legislative intent guidelines for prosecution and the judiciary.

Repeat Violence, Sexual and Dating Violence

Defines repeat violence, sexual violence, and dating violence, and the actions and statutory remedies available to victims.


Defines stalking and the statutory remedies available to victims

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