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What judges appointed by the government have mentioned regarding the ‘Stop Woke Act’ in Florida

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is thinking about appealing a federal court decision that blocked part of the state’s Individual Freedom Act, also known as the “Stop WOKE Act.”

On Monday, the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals supported a lower court’s decision, stating that certain parts of the law violate employers’ freedom of speech.

The law was one of many bills signed by the Republican governor in 2022 as part of his opposition to “woke ideology.”

DeSantis’ office criticized the court’s decision, saying it allows companies to promote racist ideologies among employees. They disagree with the court’s opinion that employers can make it a condition of employment to teach that one race is morally superior to another. They believe Florida has the right to protect its residents from racially hostile workplaces and are considering options for appeal.

In August 2022, a US District Court Judge issued an injunction against parts of the law, preventing Florida from enforcing regulations that imply privilege or oppression based on race, color, sex, or national origin in workplace activities and training.

The appeals court upheld this decision, with Judge Britt Grant stating that Florida’s law infringes on the First Amendment by targeting certain offensive ideas. Grant emphasized the importance of free expression and criticized the government for regulating speech on various political viewpoints.

The judges argued that the law only protects speech approved by Florida, making it an unacceptable restriction on freedom of expression. Grant mentioned that Florida’s law would silence opposing viewpoints, preventing both willing and unwilling listeners from hearing certain perspectives.

In summary, Governor DeSantis is considering challenging a court decision blocking part of the “Stop WOKE Act,” which has faced criticism for potentially limiting freedom of speech and promoting discriminatory ideologies in the workplace.

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