According to their website, The Florida Competes coalition met with lawmakers last month to discuss the importance of passing the Florida Competetive Workforce Act (FCWA), “legislation that would protect LGBT Floridians from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.”

The meeting was coordinated by John Tonnison, Executive Vice President and CIO of Tech Data Corporation and President of Florida Competes.

“For the economic benefit of our home state, Florida needs to embrace the best practices of the largest employers in the country, for the state’s own economic and strategic planning,” stated Tonnison. “Silence on this issue speaks volumes.”

Tonnison outlined the economic benefits of non-discrimination protections, citing a Thinkspot study which found that employee nondiscrimination legislation can boost the attractiveness of career opportunities to “skilled and innovative labor”.

According to the study, “Florida can boost its total economic output by $5.46 billion over the next 10 years linked to the creation of 35,759 new jobs.”

Twelve Florida counties and 30 cities have non-discrimination policies in place and “82% of the nation’s largest companies have adopted comprehensive non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation and gender identity.”

And while there are concerns over frivolous lawsuits, Tonnison and the coalition assured lawmakers there are no facts in these claims based on anti-discrimination policies already in place among 18 states nationwide.

To read the original article by Florida competes, click here.

To read the Thinkspot study press release, click here.