Federal and state law prohibit Florida employers from discriminating against employees based on certain characteristics, such as race or religion. (To learn more, see our page on employment discrimination and harassment.)
In all 50 states, federal law makes it illegal to discriminate based on:
In addition, Florida state law also prohibits discrimination based on:
Florida's state law does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. However, several cities and counties in Florida do prohibit these forms of discrimination. Also, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is currently accepting discrimination complaints based on sexual orientation and gender identity, on the grounds that they qualify as illegal "sex" discrimination under federal law. This view is being challenged through the courts; however, the matter is far from settled.
Federal antidiscrimination laws apply to Florida employers with 15 or more employees, with the following exceptions:
In Florida, companies with 15 or more employees are subject to the state's antidiscrimination law.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency that regulates workplace discrimination. You can contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by calling 800-669-4000 or check out its website at www.eeoc.gov. The website will help you locate an EEOC field office in Florida. (To learn more, see our article on filing an EEOC charge of discrimination.)
The Commission on Human Relations enforces state antidiscrimination law in Florida. You can contact the Commission on Human Relations at 850-488-7082 or visit its website to learn more on how to file a complaint.