The campaign to secure non-discrimination protections for all Floridians became even stronger today.
AT&T Florida joined the more than 400 businesses large and small who are supporting the Florida Competitive Workforce Act, which would prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Top employers in the state have united to form the Coalition that aims to grow Florida’s economy by attracting and retaining the best workers to the state with the promise of equal opportunity employment. AT&T joins thirty-four (34) major Florida employers, including Fortune 500 companies CSX, Darden Restaurants, Marriott, NextEra Energy, Office Depot, Tech Data, Walt Disney World Resort and Wells Fargo, with more than 400 local businesses onboard.
Here’s what AT&T Florida President, Joe York had to say about AT&T’s history of LGBT inclusion and joining the coalition:
“AT&T established the first GLBT Employee Resource Group in corporate America in 1987 recognizing the importance of diversity and inclusion in making our company successful. We believe that in order to remain competitive in today’s ever-changing technology industry, Florida must attract the most innovative and talented workforce. In order to do this, it is imperative that we protect the workforce from discrimination of any kind. We are proud to be a part of a coalition whose goal is to ensure all Floridians are treated equally.”
Florida Competes Campaign Manager Patrick Slevin welcomed the exciting addition to the ever-growing coalition. Saying, “Florida’s major employers have come together to stand shoulder to shoulder with the LGBT community and pass the Competitive Workforce Act. It is an honor to have AT&T Florida on our team, helping Florida take the right step in bolstering the economy, and protecting its residents and visitors.”