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Affirmative Action: Florida

Affirmative Action requirements for other states

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

Author: Kamilah L. Perry, Phelps Dunbar, LLP


  • While private employers are not required to take affirmative action in employment practices under the Florida Civil Rights Act, certain requirements must be met if a private employer voluntarily implements an affirmative action program. See Private Employers.
  • Florida employers may provide a hiring preference to honorably discharged veterans and the spouses of veterans with a service-related disability. See Veterans Preference.
  • To remedy past discrimination, Florida has established a system to record and measure the use of minority-owned businesses in state contracting. See Minority Business Preferences.