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Florida Employers Must Now Consider Ramifications of Supreme Court LGBTQ Ruling

Lynne Sladky
Associated Press
People with Safe Schools South Florida carry a rainbow flag at the annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade on April 9, 2017.

As the U.S. Supreme Court this week affirms landmark legal protections for LGBTQ Americans, Florida employers will have to adjust to the new ban on discrimination.

Florida is not one of the 22 states that already had the protections in place. 

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Labor attorney Richard Margulies with the Jackson Lewis firm in Jacksonville gave an example of what companies should be prepared to face on Tuesday’s First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross.

“What if I, as an employee, I object to a transgender employee using a particular same sex specific bathroom? And those are the types of issues that employers and you know, in Florida in particular, just may not have faced yet and may not have thought about, but they sure need to pretty quickly,” Margulies said.

You can listen to the full discussion with Margulies, along with Jimmy Midyette with the Jax Coalition for Equality, on Tuesday’s First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross podcast.

Michelle Corum can be reached at, 904-358-6308 or on Twitter at @MCorumonME.

Michelle Corum joined WJCT as "Morning Edition" host in 2012 and has worked in public broadcasting as an announcer and reporter for public radio stations in Lawrence, Kansas, and Interlochen, Michigan. She also manages WJCT's Radio Reading Service for sight-impaired listeners.