Florida – New Bill Protects Pregnant Individuals from Discrimination in the Workplace

Recently Florida passed a bill that will protect pregnant individuals against discrimination in the work place as well as any public place. Florida Civil Rights Act will now extend the protected class to include pregnant individuals.

This law which was passed in late April and said to go into effect July 1, 2015, was introduced after a ruling from the state’s Supreme Court last year in favor of plaintiff Peggy Delva, a front desk manager at a condominium building who sued her employer for denying her from covering other workers’ shifts after she became pregnant and firing her when she returned from maternity leave. The court ruled that she was discriminated against on account of her pregnancy and that violated Florida’s law against sex discrimination.