Florida lawmakers ban CRT training in the workplace

Florida lawmakers have approved legislation that aims to “awaken” corporate training by limiting how racism and sexism are discussed in the workplace.

The measure passed the Florida House along party lines and is now heading to the office of Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican who lobbied for passage of the measure dubbed the “Stop WOKE Act.”

The law would apply to the classroom and the workplace, prohibiting discussions of critical race theory (CRT) or instruction that “espouses, promotes, advances, inculcates or compels such a person to believe that specific concepts constitute discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex or national origin.”

The legislation enshrines in law a ban on CRT instruction in public schools that Mr. DeSantis ordered last year.

Democrats have opposed the bill, arguing that it would prevent needed education and training about racism and minority oppression in America.

“It has a chilling effect on teachers who want to teach truthful American history,” Democrat Janet Cruz of Tampa said during a floor debate before the bill passed Thursday.

Mr. DeSantis introduced the measure in December, arguing that taxpayer dollars should not be used in classrooms to pay critical race-theory consultants who teach concepts such as “white privilege.”

It offers parents an avenue to sue public schools if they believe CRT is part of their child’s curriculum.

“We will not allow Florida taxpayers’ money to be spent teaching children to hate our country or to hate themselves,” DeSantis said. “Finally, we must protect Florida workers from the hostile work environment that is created when large corporations force their employees to undergo CRT-inspired ‘training’ and indoctrination.”

Companies would be prohibited from requiring their employees to undergo CRT training or other non-objective instruction on race, gender or other identifying factors.

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