Following President Trump’s announcement that he will enforce President Obama’s executive order protecting the rights of LGBTQ community in the workplace, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council (“PBCHRC”) sent a letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott requesting him to update his Executive Order on “Reaffirming Commitment to Diversity in Government” to specifically include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression” as protected classes.
“PBCHRC is hoping that you are inspired by President Trump’s leadership and that, in that light, you will update Executive Order 11-04 to specifically include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression” as protected classes,” wrote retired judge Rand Hoch, PBCHRC’s President and Founder. “By doing this, you will be making a clear statement that LGBTQ Floridians are entitled to equal rights with regard to state employment and contracting in your administration.”
The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council is Florida’s most far-reaching LGBTQ rights organization. Since 1988, the organization has succeeded in having public officials throughout Florida enact more than 117 laws and policies providing equal rights and benefits for LGBTQ people.
After Scott was re-elected in 2014, PBCHRC renewed its request, asking Scott to update Executive Order 11-14 by making it LGBT-inclusive. PBCHRC’s request was renewed following last summer’s massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. However, the original executive order has yet to be updated.
While Florida has 67 counties, only 11 -Alachua, Broward, Hillsborough, Leon, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas and Volusia Counties -prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in employment, housing and public accommodations.