Coalition of Top Florida Employers Supports Bill Filed by Rep. Holly Raschein

– House Bill 33 would create the Florida Competitive Workforce Act –

(Tallahassee, Fla.) – Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce today applauds State Rep. Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo) for filing House Bill 33 for the 2015 Florida Legislative Session. The bill sets out to create the Florida Competitive Workforce Act – bipartisan legislation that promotes fairness and modernizes state law by adding protections for gay and transgender people in the state’s existing anti-discrimination law.

“Passing the Competitive Workforce Act makes good sense economically and benefits employers and employees by offering a law that is consistent across the state,” said Raschein.

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.

Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce is a coalition made up of 21 major Florida employers, including Bilzin Sumberg, C1 Bank, CSX Corporation, Darden Restaurants Inc., Florida Blue, Marriott, Raymond James Financial Inc., Tech Data Corporation, Walt Disney World Resort, Wells Fargo and Winn Dixie. Earlier this month, the Miami HEAT and AmericanAirlines Arena became the newest members of the coalition.

“The coalition is grateful to Rep. Raschein for her leadership as the primary bill sponsor in the House of Representatives,” said coalition spokeswoman Christina Johnson. “She understands the impact this has on the state’s ability to attract the best and the brightest into our workforce, and we are here to see the measure passed in Florida as similar protections already exist in 21 other states.”

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 Cassidy Turley in Tampa. They serve as president, secretary and treasurer of Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce, respectively.

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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 to or visit the coalition on Twitter and Facebook.

About Rep. Holly Raschein
Rep. Holly Raschein was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2012 and re-elected in 2014. She is a Republican who represents the voters of District 120, which includes Monroe County and part of Miami-Dade County. Learn more about Raschein’s service in the Florida House at