Last week, a group of senate Democrats gathered for a press conference to set forth their plans for combating the all-too-common problem of discrimination in Florida during the current legislative session.
Specifically, the assembled group discussed several bills that would be introduced and weighed over the coming months. This included Senate Bill 156, sponsored by Sen. Joseph Abruzzo (D-Wellington), which would make it illegal to terminate an employee on the basis of their gender identity or sexual orientation, and Senate Bill 982, sponsored by Sen. Geraldine Thompson (D-Orlando), which would make it illegal for restaurants, hotels and employers to discriminate against pregnant women.
While it's truly encouraging to see that our state lawmakers have this issue on their agenda and are positioning themselves to potentially enact meaningful change, it also points out how discrimination is still all too pervasive here in the Sunshine State.
Indeed, it's important to understand that this discrimination may not always be entirely obvious.
For example, you may find that after years working spent working for the same employer that you are still not making as much money as your male counterparts -- this despite matching or even surpassing their performance. Similarly, your pregnancy announcement might have initially been met with a round of congratulations by your employer only to be followed by a series of highly dubious disciplinary actions.
If you find yourself questioning whether you have been victimized by some sort of workplace discrimination, it's understandable how you might feel some trepidation about consulting with an attorney.
It's important to know, however, that legal action can be taken to right workplace discrimination without putting your employment in jeopardy. At Gallup Law, we can explain exactly how this works and answer all of your questions.
Like our state lawmakers, we are committed to the ongoing fight against workplace discrimination.