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Recruiting: Florida

Recruiting requirements for other states

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

Author: Julie DiMauro


  • The Florida Civil Rights Act applies to employers with 15 or more employees, and prevents discrimination against job applicants based on a host of protected characteristics.
  • There are a number of resources available to Florida employers seeking to recruit new candidates for employment. See Job Match Services.
  • Florida does not protect applicants from discrimination based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or their gender identity. However, several of its cities and counties prohibit such discrimination. See Gender-Neutral Language; Sexual Orientation and County and City Ordinances.
  • Private employers can elect to provide translation services for non-English-speaking employees, but it is not against the law in Florida to require job candidates to speak English. See English-Only Rules.
  • Unlike federal law, Florida prohibits discrimination on the basis of marital status. See Marital Status.
  • Florida employers may not discriminate against prospective employees with HIV or the AIDS virus. See AIDS or HIV-Positive Status.
  • Under Florida labor law, courts and administrative agencies conduct a common law test to determine if an applicant would truly be an independent contractor rather than an employee. See Outsourcing and Independent Contractors.
  • Private employers may grant a hiring preference to honorably discharged veterans and the spouses of veterans with a service-connected disability. See Veterans Preference.
  • Employers that recruit workers under the age of 18 must be aware of the nuances in Florida's child labor law limiting the hours that such employees may perform, depending on their exact age. See Underage Workers.