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Florida businesses allege new law violates speech rights...
rfenst Offline
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News Service of Florida

As a federal judge considers whether to block a new state law that Gov. Ron DeSantis dubbed the “Stop WOKE Act,” businesses filed a second challenge Wednesday alleging that the law violates First Amendment rights.

The law, passed during this year’s legislative session, restricts the way certain race-related concepts can be taught in public schools and in workplace training.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court in Tallahassee by two businesses and a consultant who conducts workplace training, alleges that the law is “an immediate infringement of plaintiffs’ free speech rights.”

“This law enacts unconstitutional viewpoint-based restrictions on the speech of Florida’s business owners and employers operating within the state in violation of their First Amendment rights,” the lawsuit said. “It employs nebulous terms with vague definitions to chill protected speech with which Florida’s governor and certain elected officials disagree, while protecting speech more aligned with their viewpoints on certain issues.”

The challenge was filed a day after Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker heard arguments about whether he should issue a preliminary injunction against the law, which is slated to take effect July 1. Those arguments came in a case filed in April by public-school teachers, a University of Central Florida associate professor, a child who will be a public-school student in the coming year and the president of a firm that provides workplace training.

As of late Wednesday afternoon, Walker had not ruled on the request for a preliminary injunction, according to an online docket. But during Tuesday’s hearing, he expressed concerns about the plaintiffs’ legal standing to pursue blocking the law.

DeSantis this year made a priority of passing the law — which he dubbed the “Stop Wrongs Against our Kids and Employees Act,” or Stop WOKE Act. It came after the State Board of Education last year passed regulations that included banning the use of critical race theory, which is based on the premise that racism is embedded in American society and institutions.

The law lists concepts that would constitute discrimination if they show up in classroom instruction or workplace training.
For example, it would make it illegal to compel people in workplace training to believe that an “individual, by virtue of his or her race, color, sex, or national origin, bears personal responsibility for and must feel guilt, anguish, or other forms of psychological distress because of actions, in which the individual played no part, committed in the past by other members of the same race, color, sex, or national origin.”

The new lawsuit was filed by Honeyfund.com, Inc., a Clearwater-based technology company that provides wedding registries; Whitespace Consulting, LLC, which does business as Collective Concepts and provides training to corporate clients; and Chevara Orrin, a Broward County resident who founded Whitespace Consulting and is described as an “expert on diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.” The case names as defendants DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody and members of the Florida Commission on Human Relations, which can investigate complaints about discriminatory practices.
The lawsuit, filed by attorneys from the national group Protect Democracy and the global law firm Ropes & Gray, alleges the law violates constitutional speech and due-process rights. It seeks an injunction.

The lawsuit said the plaintiffs believe it is important that training and other activities address issues such as diversity and structural racism in workplaces. It said, for example, it is unclear how Honeyfund can move forward with training scheduled later this year that would be consistent with the new law.

“Without such DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) trainings, plaintiff Honeyfund would risk losing substantial benefits to its businesses, including improving collaboration and productivity, attracting more diverse candidates, increasing employee engagement and connecting with diverse clientele,” the lawsuit said. “Honeyfund is best positioned to know what practices are best for its business.”


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Whistlebritches Offline
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To hell with all that.........let's just execute all the bastids that started the "WOKE MOVEMENT"
rfenst Offline
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Whistlebritches wrote:
To hell with all that.........let's just execute all the bastids that started the "WOKE MOVEMENT"

Too late. The moment has passed. It is already part of our academic, social and corporate cultures.
DrMaddVibe Offline
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rfenst wrote:
Too late. The moment has passed. It is already part of our academic, social and corporate cultures.



That doesn't mean is needs to be followed.

The Woke Movement reminds me of Germany circa 1938...people blindly following...not caring where it goes...willing to follow the lemming in front of them and parrot the "company line".
rfenst Offline
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DrMaddVibe wrote:
That doesn't mean is needs to be followed.

The Woke Movement reminds me of Germany circa 1938...people blindly following...not caring where it goes...willing to follow the lemming in front of them and parrot the "company line".

Your "woke" allegations have nothing to do with Germany.
Americans can think and act on their own on such simple social issues. The social majority wants it one way. The minority can't avoid this one because it is a social movement by the people.
DrMaddVibe Offline
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rfenst wrote:
Your "woke" allegations have nothing to do with Germany.
Americans can think and act on their own on such simple social issues. The social majority wants it one way. The minority can't avoid this one because it is a social movement by the people.



You're on a roll today Counselor. There is no "social majority"...only those employing common sense against those that tell us it's okay not to.

The allegations have got everything to do with the Woke idiots and early Nazi Germany...the parallels are astounding. You must support the cause. You must wage war. You have to overturn a government upside down. The need for domination of the power base at all costs and the doe-eyed supporters lining up to support it all. Instead of a World War they want a Green New Deal and worse.

I've seen enough of the way American's think the last 5 years more than I can stomach. Rioting in the streets, laws tossed aside, Liberty trampled on and yes...every time the Woke idiots pipe up with another dumb idea or plan the new pronouns they only show how completely stupid they are wanting to usher in Communism with open arms.

rfenst Offline
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DrMaddVibe wrote:
Every time the Woke idiots pipe up with another dumb idea or plan the new pronouns they only show how completely stupid they are wanting to usher in Communism with open arms.

Pronouns kill and are an obvious sign that communism is inevitable.
Live with it.
ZRX1200 Offline
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But….but……businesses aren’t people they don’t have rights……

Wasn’t that the line a while back?

General comment not directed at OP BTW.
DrMaddVibe Offline
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ZRX1200 wrote:
But….but……businesses aren’t people they don’t have rights……

Wasn’t that the line a while back?

General comment not directed at OP BTW.



Shhhh...you have to just live with it until President DeSantis is innaugrated
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