New Member Brings Energy to Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce

– NextEra Energy Joins Other Major Florida Employers –

(Tallahassee, Fla.) – Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce today announced NextEra Energy, Inc. has joined in support of the Florida Competitive Workforce Act. NextEra Energy, a leading clean energy company based in Juno Beach, Fla., is part of a coalition of 22 major Florida employers that have come together to promote passage of House Bill 33 and Senate Bill 156 – the Florida Competitive Workforce Act.

While it is illegal to discriminate in employment, housing and public accommodations based race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap or marital status, the gay and transgender community is currently left out of statewide non-discrimination protections. For this reason, top employers are backing the Competitive Workforce Act, which will give the state a competitive advantage in today’s evolving marketplace.

“By leading respectfully, promoting teamwork, building a diverse and inclusive team, and investing in development, we strengthen and engage our greatest asset – our people,” said Deb Caplan, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services, NextEra Energy, Inc.

Currently in Florida, 28 municipalities protect more than 50 percent of residents from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce believes that passing these protections statewide is a sound business strategy and will draw the best and the brightest workforce to our state.

The coalition is led by Patrick Geraghty, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Florida Blue in Jacksonville; John Tonnison, Executive Vice President and Worldwide CIO of Tech Data Corporation in Clearwater; and Philip Dinkins, Senior Vice President of DTZ in Tampa. They serve as president, secretary and treasurer of Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce, respectively. The 22 members of the coalition are the AmericanAirlines Arena, Bilzin Sumberg, C1Bank, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, Carnival Corporation, CSX, Darden, Florida Blue, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Haskell, HSN, Marriott, the Miami HEAT, NextEra Energy, On Top of the World Communities, Raymond James, St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, Tech Data, the University of North Florida, Walt Disney World Resorts, Wells Fargo and Winn Dixie.

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About Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce The Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce Coalition is a 501c(4) whose mission is to support passing The Competitive Workforce Act, which would modernize state law to include anti-discrimination protection based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The coalition believes that the Florida Competitive Workforce Act will make Florida more competitive in the national and global marketplace in much the same way companies have benefitted from adopting anti-discrimination policies.  For additional information, please go or visit the coalition on Twitter and Facebook.