The Florida Civil Rights Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of age (FL Stat. Sec. 760.01 et seq.). No upper or lower age limit is specified. The Act covers employers with 15 or more employees. Under the Act, it is unlawful to:
• Discharge or refuse to hire any individual, or to otherwise discriminate against any individual with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of age.
• Limit, segregate, or classify employees or applicants for employment in any way that would deprive any individual of employment opportunities, or adversely affect any individual's status as an employee, because of age.
• Discriminate against any individual in admission to, or employment in, any program established to provide apprenticeship or other training.
• Print or publish any notice or advertisement relating to employment, apprenticeship, or other training indicating any preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on age.
• Discriminate against any person because that person has opposed any practice that is an unlawful employment practice under the Act, or because that person has made a charge, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the Act.
Evidence of age discrimination. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that manager's statement that he "didn't want to hire an old pilot" constituted direct evidence of age discrimination under state and federal fair employment law (Van Voorhis v. Hillsborough County Bd. of County Comm'rs, 512 F.3d 1296 (11th Cir. 2008)). In this case, the manager who made the statement refused to interview the nine individuals who applied for the ...