Florida National Origin Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Florida National Origin Discrimination: What you need to know

The Florida Civil Rights Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of national origin (FL Stat. Sec. 760.01 et seq.). The Act includes ancestry in its definition of national origin. The Act covers employers with 15 or more employees. Under the Act, it is unlawful to:
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• 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 national origin.
• 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 national origin.
• 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 national origin.
• Discriminate against any person who has opposed an unlawful employment practice under the Act or who has made a charge, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the Act.
It is not an unlawful employment practice for an employer to take any action on the basis of national origin in certain instances in which national origin is a BFOQ reasonably necessary for the performance of the particular job (e.g., hiring actors to portray individuals of a certain national origin). Such situations are rare, and employers should use caution when ...

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