Florida Aliens and Immigration laws & HR compliance analysis

Florida Aliens and Immigration: What you need to know

Practices or policies that discriminate against immigrants legally eligible for employment may constitute national origin discrimination within the meaning of the Florida Civil Human Rights Act (FL Stat. Sec. 760.10 et seq.).
The Act applies to all public employers and private employers with 15 or more employees.
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Citizenship requirements that are made a condition of employment discriminate based on national origin, in violation of the state law. Inquiries about a person's citizenship or country of birth are unlawful and imply discrimination based on national origin.
The Florida Commission on Human Relations administers and enforces the Act. The Commission has the authority to initiate, receive, and investigate discrimination complaints; hold hearings; and issue orders for affirmative relief, including back pay limited to 2 years before the filing of the complaint.
In certain circumstances, an individual may bring a civil action in court where remedies may include punitive damages of up to $100,000. The state's attorney general may also file a civil suit against any person or group that has engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination.
For additional information, visit http://fchr.state.fl.us.
State law requires the Department of Transportation, emergency rooms, strip clubs and other adult entertainment establishments, and massage or bodywork services or businesses not owned by a healthcare profession regulated by Chapter 456 and defined in Section 456.001 to display human trafficking public awareness signs to help eliminate slavery and human trafficking (FL Stat. Sec. 787.29). Additional guidance on the mandatory notice is available.

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