“Dignidad y Trabajo” is a campaign, led by the ACLU of Florida and SAVE with support from The Miami Foundation, that brings together a diverse coalition of individuals from across South Florida to raise awareness about the need for non-discrimination protections for workers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and to bolster support for statewide legislation in the current legislative session—the Competitive Workforce Act—to protect all Floridians from workplace discrimination.
The impact of workplace discrimination on LGBT workers is significant: married or partnered LGBT individuals raising children are twice as likely to have household incomes near the poverty line compared to married or partnered non-LGBT parents. Further, transgender people are nearly four times as likely to have a household income under $10,000 per year as the population as a whole. The challenges increase for LGBT workers of color, who have higher rates of unemployment compared to non-LGBT people of color. Unemployment rates for transgender people of color have reached as high as four times the national unemployment rate. The Competitive Workforce Act would address this crisis by providing protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, ensuring that all Floridians have a fair chance to become hardworking, high-performing members of the workforce.
Among the voices which will be highlighted in the campaign are those of leaders in Miami’s business community, as well as faith leaders who support proposals to end discrimination.