Florida Religious Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Florida Religious Discrimination: What you need to know

The Florida Civil Rights Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of religion (FL Stat. Sec. 760.01 et seq.). 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 otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to compensation , terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of religion.
• Limit, segregate, or classify employees or applicants on the basis of religion in any way that deprives or tends to deprive them of employment opportunities, or adversely affects their status as employees.
• 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, on the basis of religion.
• 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.
Bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ). It is not an unlawful employment practice for an employer to take any action on the basis of religion in certain instances in which religion is a BFOQ reasonably necessary for the performance of the particular job. Such situations are rare, and employers should use caution when making employment decisions that have a disproportionate effect on persons of a particular religion (FL Stat. Sec. 760.10(8)).
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