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The Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA) prohibits discrimination or segregation in employment and access to places of public accommodation because of race, color, age, national origin, sex, handicap, familial status or religion.

The law prohibits employers from discriminating against any member of the protected classes listed above in any job-related action, including recruitment, interviewing, hiring, promotions, discharge, compensation and the terms, conditions and privileges of employment.

The FCRA is the state version of the federal Civil Rights Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Equal Pay Act and ADA all rolled into one. As under those federal laws, the FCRA covers employers with 15 or more employees.

The state law, as well as the ADA, requires places of public accommodation to make reasonable modifications to their policies, practices or procedures to ensure access for people with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations may include providing auxiliary aides and making physical changes to ensure paths of travel.

The Florida Commission on Human Relations (http://fchr.state.fl.us) administers the state Civil Rights Act.

(For details on the main federal job discrimination laws, go to www.eeoc.gov.) 

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Excerpted from Florida’s 9 Most Critical Employment Laws, a special bonus report available to subscribers of HR Specialist: Florida Employment Law.

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