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Get ahead of the curve by offering anti-Gay bias training

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Even though Florida’s Civil Rights Act does not outlaw sexual orientation bias, employers must still comply with local ordinances that do. And employers also should prepare to comply with potential changes in federal laws.

So some Florida employers may be behind the curve while others have an opportunity to get ahead of it. In either case, incorporating anti-gay bias training into your regular anti-discrimination training carries a number of benefits.

Local ordinances, federal proposals

Local ordinances apply to relatively few employers and provide limited remedies to wronged employees. Still, employers don’t need litigation and damaging negative publicity. That may make it cost effective and beneficial to train managers and supervisors on anti-gay bias. (See box below for Florida’s local anti-discrimination ordinances.)

In November, the U.S. House passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which bars em...(register to read more)

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