West Palm Beach – The South Florida Water Management System confirms that their 1,500 employees are protected from discrimination based on gender identity and expression, whether or not they live in an area that offers those protections.

Executive Director Peter Antonacci made the announcement Dec. 21, after working with the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council to clarify the language, ensuring all employees are fully protected.

Six of the sixteen counties covered by the SFWMD – Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Orange, Osceola and Palm Beach – have ordinances protecting LGBTs from discrimination, but the remaining ten counties – Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Martin, Okeechobee, Polk and St. Lucie – provide no LGBT nondiscrimination protections.

SFWMD is the only one of Florida’s five water management districts to prohibit harassment and discrimination based on both sexual orientation and gender expression and identity.