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Florida Affirmative Action: What you need to know

Affirmative action laws require the employer to make proactive efforts to represent individuals from certain protected classes in the workplace at levels comparable to those for unprotected groups. Affirmative action requirements are separate and distinct from nondiscrimination laws, which prohibit discriminatory acts against protected persons but do not mandate proactive steps in their favor. Additional information about affirmative action is available.
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The Florida Civil Rights Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, or marital status. The Act covers employers with 15 or more employees. It has no specific provision that requires employers to take affirmative action (FL Stat. Sec. 760.01et seq.).
The Public Employment Affirmative Action Law requires every state agency to develop and implement an affirmative action plan (AAP). The plan must have established goals that ensure the full utilization of women and minorities in the state workforce as compared to the relevant labor market (FL Stat. Sec. 110.112). State policy is to provide for equal employment opportunity in government and for state agencies to affirmatively seek employees who reflect the full diversity of Florida's population.
Under the One Florida Initiative, state agencies are encouraged to seek minority businesses to participate in procurement opportunities. For more information, a business must meet the eligibility criteria and may register online with the Department of Management Services and submit supporting documentation to the Office of Supplier Diversity at www.osd.dms.state.fl.us

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