Florida Affirmative Action laws & HR compliance analysis

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 based on race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, 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. 760.01 et 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, minorities, and individuals with disabilities 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.
Veterans preference. Veterans are to get preference in hiring for jobs with the state and its political subdivisions (FL Stat. Sec. 295.07 and Sec. 295.08). For jobs requiring an examination, 15 points are to be added for disabled veterans; the spouses of veterans with a permanent total disability; and the spouses of veterans ...

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