Discrimination. Under the Florida Civil Rights Act, an employer may not make inquiries of or impose qualifications on prospective employees based on race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, handicap, or marital status unless there is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) exception (Fla. Stat. § 760.01 et seq.). To be a BFOQ, a characteristic must be reasonably necessary to the applicant's ability to perform the job in question.
Veterans’ preference. Employers are allowed to adopt an employment policy that gives preference to an honorably discharged veteran, the spouse of a veteran with a service-connected disability, or the unremarried widow or widower of a member of the armed forces who died in the line of duty (Fla. Stat. § 295.188). In the state personnel system, disabled veterans and their spouses are entitled to preference in hiring (Fla. Stat. § 295.07).