Florida Small Business Poll Shows Support for LGBTQ Employees & Customers

| November 28, 2017

by Drew Wilson at Florida Politics

A coalition of Florida businesses touted a poll Wednesday that shows broad support among Florida small business owners for laws protecting LGBTQ workers and customers from discrimination.

“Small business owners recognize that to find the most talented employees, they need to ensure their workplace has non-discrimination policies in place,” said Florida Competes spokesperson Christina Johnson. “Small businesses understand how discriminatory policies can adversely affect the business bottom line. This Saturday we encourage people to ‘shop small,’ and support small businesses that treat everyone equally and fairly.”

The Small Business Majority poll, released Nov. 16, found 73 percent of small business owners were in support of a federal law protecting LGBT people from discrimination in restaurants, hotels and other businesses open to the public, while nearly seven in 10 said they would back a state law against employment discrimination for LGBTQ individuals.

A slightly smaller number said they are in favor of a federal law preventing employment discrimination.

Current Florida law protects workers from discrimination by race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, marital or disability status. Proposals sponsored by Democratic Sen. Darryl Rouson, Democratic Rep. Ben Diamond, and Republican Rep. Rene Plasencia would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes.




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