A number of federal and state laws make it illegal to discriminate
against a current or prospective employee on the basis of race, sex,
color, religion, age, disability or national origin.
The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) is the federal
agency charged with regulating and disseminating anti-discrimination
laws in the workplace. The most important of these laws is Title
VII of the Civil Rights Act.
Other laws include the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, The Americans
with Disabilities Act, and laws prohibiting retaliation for complaining
of discrimination in the workplace.
Click here for fact sheets about the various anti-discrimination laws:
On the state level, states have their own statutes addressing discrimination
in the workplace.
In the state of Florida, the statute is chapter 760 of Title XLIV of
the state Civil Rights Act. The Florida statute prohibits discrimination
on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or
marital status in the hiring, licensing and training of employees.
Read the full text of the statute here (in english only):