Florida prohibits certain DE&I trainings as condition of employment

Effective July 1, 2022, Florida employers with fifteen (15) or more employees are prohibited from requiring some types of diversity, equity and inclusion training for their employees which endorse certain concepts about discrimination. The new legislation which was signed into law by Governor DeSantis on April 22, 2022, makes subjecting an employee to the following concepts as a condition of employment, an unlawful employment practice: the moral superiority of one race, color, sex or national origin over another; “that an individual by virtue of his or her race, color, sex, or national origin is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously"; and “an individual by virtue of his or her race, color, sex, or national origin, should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment to achieve diversity, equity, or inclusion,” among others.

 

Disclaimer: The information contained herein is not intended to be construed as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. Employers should closely monitor the rules and regulations specific to their jurisdiction(s) and should seek advice from counsel relative to their rights and responsibilities.

Megan Butz

By Megan Butz
General Counsel, HR Compliance, Checkwriters
Megan joined Checkwriters in 2020 and is responsible for reviewing, revising, and implementing internal policies of the company, advising on human resource, employment, and labor matters, and monitoring and publishing state and federal legal updates to the Checkwriters News and Compliance Center for distribution to thousands of clients around the country. Before joining Checkwriters, Megan served as a judicial law clerk for the justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court performing legal research and writing, followed by private practice in Cape Cod.

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