In Florida, people can be fired just for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Most people know that you can’t be fired just because of your race, or just because of your sex, or your religion, national origin, age, or disability—providing those vital protections reflects who we are as a nation. But most people are surprised to learn that you can be fired in Florida just for being LGBT—those explicit protections do not exist.
Additionally, as it stands now, married or partnered LGBT individuals raising children are twice as likely to have household incomes near the poverty line compared to married or partnered non-LGBT parents.1 Further, transgender people are nearly four times as likely to have a household income under $10,000 per year than the population as a whole.2 The challenges increase for LGBT workers of color, who have higher rates of unemployment compared to non-LGBT people of color. Unemployment rates for transgender people of color have reached as high as four times the national unemployment rate.3
1 Movement Advancement Project, Human Rights Campaign, and Center for American Progress, A Broken Bargain: Discrimination, Fewer Benefits and More Taxes for LGBT Workers (Full Report), May 2013, Executive Summary at iv, http://www.lgbtmap.org/file/a-broken-bargain-full-report.pdf (accessed Sept. 15, 2014).
2 NTSD, Executive Summary at: Human Rights Campaign, Americans Overwhelmingly Support Executive Action to Ban Anti-LGBT Workplace Discrimination, http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/americans-overwhelmingly-support-executive-action-to-ban-anti-lgbt-workplac (accessed Sept. 15, 2014).
3 NTSD, Executive Summary at: Grant, Jaime M., Lisa A. Mottet, Justin Tanis, Jack Harrison, Jody L. Herman, and Mara Keisling. Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, Executive Summary at 3. Washington: National Center for Transgender Equality and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 2011. http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/reports/reports/ntds_full.pdf (accessed Sept. 15, 2014) [hereinafter NTSD].