Two dangerous GOP bills racing through the Florida legislature would overturn several of Florida’s strongest local LGBT rights policies and would block future policies statewide. The bills SB 726 which would eliminate requirements on what kind of benefits businesses must offer their employees prohibits local governments from requiring companies that they do business with to have family leave for domestic partners and would invalidate policies that already exist. HB 655 would eliminate equal benefits ordinances (EBO) in the state as well as blocking the pending paid sick time referendum for all workers in that state
Proponents of the so-called pre-emption bills, which includes the Florida Chamber of Commerce, argue that local wage and benefit measures would create a regulatory patchwork unfriendly to business and cost jobs.
And as reported by the Orlando Sentinel and gay advocate and Bilerico journalist Michael Emanuel Rajner sponsors of the bill have admitted that Walt Disney World and Darden Restaurants, owner of the Red Lobster and Olive Garden chains, helped draft the legislation.
This is not the first time that Red Lobster has been caught in attempting anti-worker practices. Red Lobster was also exposed with Papa John’s of planning to cut workers hours to get around paying for Obama’s healthcare plan.
And s for Disney. It looks like its days, aren’t going to be so gay after this news gets out.