Federal Court Forces Florida To Stay “Woke”

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

(FixThisNation.com) – On Monday, a federal appeals court had unanimously ruled to block a law in Florida that would prevent businesses from requiring that employees receive diversity and inclusion training. The latest ruling affirms the lower court’s temporary injunction. 

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel argued that this was not the first era that Americans have held different views on key areas of “ethics, law and public policy.” As they noted in the decision, this is not the first time that these disagreements have played a crucial role and that currently, it is the First Amendment that keeps the government from affecting the scale. 

The “Stop WOKE Act” was introduced by Florida officials as legislation meant to fight against the alleged indoctrination occurring in workplaces and schools. The law is stopping businesses and educators in the state from making it a requirement for people to participate in any activities that would push “discriminatory concepts” including ideas that there is one sex or race that is “morally superior” to the others.
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who often slams DEI initiatives (diversity, equity, and inclusion) said when signing the bill in 2022 that in his state they would not allow the far-left woke agenda to indoctrinate and take over in the state. 

In June the state was sued by three businesses which resulted in an August 2022 federal judge ruling that blocked certain portions of the law that specifically related to private employers. They further ruled that the restrictions violated the First Amendment’s free speech protections.

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