Support for the Florida Competitive Workforce Act is gaining momentum, and businesses in south Florida are a large part of the growing force behind the measure. ChamberSOUTH, Coconut Grove Business Improvement District and the Greater Miami Beach Hotels Association have joined more than 400 businesses in Florida pushing for legislation that will update Florida’s discrimination protections as it relates to employment, housing and public accommodations.
The newest organizations to join the statewide initiative had this to say:
“ChamberSOUTH is an effective voice for the business community in greater south Miami Dade; as such we proudly support public policies that promote economic growth and equity in our community,” said ChamberSOUTH President, Mary Scott Russell. “The Competitive Workforce Act will benefit the thousands of members we represent.”
“Our city and our state’s economy thrive on our ability to make our visitors feel welcome. The Coconut Grove Business Improvement District, which represents 241 businesses, understands this and supports the Competitive Workforce Act because it will make visitors and residents feel like they belong here,” said Executive Director of the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District, Manny Gonzalez.
“The Greater Miami Beach Hotels Association advocates for our members’ interests through active involvement in local, state and national issues. Removing discrimination by passing the Competitive Workforce Act will make Florida even more attractive to leisure and business travelers, and we are pleased to support this future legislation,” said Wendy Kallergis, President and CEO of the Greater Miami Beach Hotels Association, which includes more than 180 hotels and 300 allied businesses located across Miami-Dade County.
While it is illegal to discriminate in employment, housing and public accommodations based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap or marital status, gay and transgender people are currently left out of statewide non-discrimination protections. For this reason, Florida businesses are backing the Competitive Workforce Act, which will give the state a competitive advantage in today’s evolving marketplace.