Provide equal treatment based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations.
More and more states across the country are recognizing and opposing the harm that discrimination brings to their state. If Florida wishes to maintain its diverse, hardworking workforce, it will need to create a climate where workers are valued for what they bring to the table, not judged for who they are.
Providing equal treatment based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations would ensure that all Floridians have a fair chance. Most studies find a positive relationship between LGBT-supportive policies or workplace climates and business-related outcomes. Specifically, LGBT-supportive policies and workplace climates are linked to greater job commitment, improved workplace relationships, increased job satisfaction, and improved health outcomes among LGBT employees.1
1 M.V. Lee Badgett, Laura E. Durso, Angeliki Kastanis, and Christy Mallory, The Business Impact of LGBT-Supportive Workplace Policies (May 2013), Executive Summary at 1, http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/Business-Impact-of-LGBT-Policies-May-2013.pdf (accessed Sept. 15, 2014).