Disabilities (ADA): Florida

Disabilities (ADA) requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Michelle Barrett Falconer, Littler Mendelson, PC


  • In addition to the federal equal opportunity laws, Florida employers must comply with a number of state and local antidiscrimination statutes, including the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992. See The Florida Civil Rights Act.
  • For example, Florida law prohibits discrimination against individuals with a handicap, sickle-cell traits, and HIV or AIDS. See The Florida Civil Rights Act; Sickle Cell Trait; The Florida AIDS Act.
  • In addition, Florida law contains a specific prohibition against performing any DNA analysis or genetic testing on individuals without that individual's informed consent, except for some limited purposes. See Genetic Testing.
  • Several Florida counties and cities have enacted ordinances prohibiting discrimination in employment that are broader than the Florida Civil Rights Act and Title VII. See Local Ordinances.
  • Florida permits the use of medical marijuana under very limited circumstances. See Medical Marijuana.