Florida has one of the fastest-growing economies in the nation—and in order to compete in a global market, we need policies in place that attract investors and top talent.
It’s time for lawmakers to invest in our state’s economy and pass the Competitive Workforce Act, a bill which would ensure everyone in Florida is protected from discrimination—regardless of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
Over 450 Florida businesses—from Fortune 500 companies to locally owned shops—support this legislation because they know it’s good for the bottom line. Many of our state’s top businesses already protect their LGBT employees from discrimination, including, but not limited to: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Darden Restaurants, Office Depot, Walt Disney World, and Tech Data.
Non-discrimination laws foster new investments and enable businesses to attract and retain top talent—that’s why 82% of the nation’s largest companies have adopted comprehensive non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Competitive Workforce Act would bring Florida state law in line with business best practices and ensure our innovative and fast-growing industries continue to thrive.
We know that LGBT discrimination comes with a steep price tag here in Florida: $362 million dollars a year—figuring in lost productivity, turnover, and inability or difficulty in recruiting.
And there is mounting proof that $362 million dollars in losses is a conservative estimate. Consider North Carolina, where lawmakers passed the hostile HB 2 law in March of 2016, targeting LGBT people for discrimination. Since then:
These types of boycotts and business backlashes send clear signals to Florida and other states that protecting LGBT residents and visitors from discrimination is a sound economic decision.
Strong businesses lead to strong communities. When Florida’s communities are stronger, our state is a healthier, more vibrant and thriving place to live, work and raise a family.