Activists, political leaders criticize Scott on LGBTQ issues
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Officials with Equality Florida and the Florida Democratic Party are criticizing Gov. Rick Scott for failing to issue an executive order protecting LGBTQ individuals from employment and housing discrimination.
Leon County Democratic Party Chairman Andy Janecek said the Legislature as a whole has failed the LGBTQ community when it comes to protecting employment rights.
“In Florida, aside from some county protections, there's no law that protects you if you go to work the next day and you place a picture of your new partner or your wedding on your desk, your employer can terminate you for that very reason in Florida," Janecek said. "That is still allowed and that's unacceptable.”
Activists said they had an open dialogue with the governor's staff in the wake of the Pulse Night Club shooting and were assured Scott would take action on the issue.
Now, more than a year later, there hasn’t been any movement on it, they said.
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