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Interviewing and Selecting Job Candidates: Florida

Interviewing and Selecting Job Candidates requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Jolee Land, Phelps Dunbar LLP


  • The Florida Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on numerous protected classes including marital status. See Florida Antidiscrimination Laws.
  • Florida law also specifically prohibits discrimination based on infection with AIDS or an AIDS-related complex, infection with HIV, and HIV testing. See Florida Omnibus AIDS Act.
  • Florida recognizes claims for negligent hiring, but provides a presumption against a finding of negligent hiring for employers who take reasonable care. See Negligent Hiring.
  • State agencies under the direction of the governor must use the federal E-Verify system in the hiring process and in the award of state contracts. See E-Verify.
  • Florida public officials are not permitted to hire family members, nor are they permitted to advocate for the hiring of any family members. See Anti-Nepotism.