The Florida Human Rights Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of marital status and sex.
In 2015, the Act was amended to specifically prohibit discrimination based on pregnancy.
The law makes it unlawful for an employer to discharge or to refuse to hire any individual, or to discriminate with respect to compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment, on the basis of pregnancy. It is an unlawful employment practice to limit, segregate, or classify employees or applicants for employment in a way that would deprive an individual of employment opportunities or adversely affect her status as an employee on the basis of pregnancy.
The amendments to the Act also state that public accommodations may not be denied to an individual on the basis of pregnancy.
The state Supreme Court has also ruled that the Act includes protection against discrimination based on pregnancy, which is a natural condition and primary characteristic unique to the female sex (Delva v. Cont'l Group, Inc., 137 So. 3d 371 (Fla. 2014)).
The Act covers employers with 15 or more employees (FL Stat. Sec. 760.01 et seq.).