Holly Goodman and Asghar Syed to Speak on How the Individual Freedom Act (HB 7) Affects Nonprofit Employers


June 9, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am


Virtual Event

On June 9, 2022, Gunster Shareholders Holly Goodman and Asghar Syed will speak at a Florida Nonprofit Alliance-hosted webinar regarding the Individual Freedom Act (HB 7), also known as the “Stop WOKE Act.”

Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to sign into law the bill commonly referred to as the “Stop WOKE Act.” If signed, effective July 1, 2022, the law will prohibit mandatory employee trainings regarding certain topics that are often discussed or implicated in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) trainings. Under the proposed law, if an organization with 15 or more employees requires an employee to participate in a DEI training, the employee may allege employment discrimination.

Holly and Asghar will address (i) the scope of the proposed law and who it impacts; (ii) the eight topics proscribed in the proposed law; and (iii) any guidance or case law development relevant to the proposed law.

The Florida Nonprofit Alliance is a statewide coalition of nonprofits focused on research, collaboration, and advocacy. The Florida Nonprofit Alliance connects and advances Florida’s nonprofit sector to create more vibrant communities across the state.

As a shareholder in Gunster’s Employment Law practice group, Holly Griffin Goodman focuses her practice on counseling clients, from small businesses to large institutions, in everyday employment matters. Starting with the hiring process through discipline and termination, Holly’s goal is to help businesses manage their employees, and balance the interests of the business with obligations under federal, state, and local employment laws.

Gunster attorney Asghar Syed

Asghar Syed is a litigator and advisor to businesses of all kinds, including those in the healthcare, education, and insurance sectors. Asghar’s practice focuses on complex business litigation and employment litigation. Asghar has prosecuted and defended a wide range of legal claims including high-stakes fraud, contract, business tort, and corporate governance disputes.


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