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What the Individual Freedom Act Means for Your Nonprofit

Charlie Imbergamo

In 2022, Florida passed the Individual Freedom Act, also known as the “Stop WOKE Act,” which makes it unlawful for an employer to require employees as a condition of employment to attend training on a variety of concepts, including some common elements of diversity training. Litigation to strike the Act’s application to employers as unconstitutional was dismissed.

On August 18, 2022, Chief US District Judge Mark Walker of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Florida blocked the application of the Individual Freedom Act to employers, issuing a preliminary injunction in Honeyfund.com, Inc. v. Ron DeSantis, et al. Judge Walker found the law to violate the First Amendment.

During this free on-demand session, you will hear more about what is included in the Individual Freedom Act and what it means for Florida employers. After watching the video, you will understand the statute’s provisions, the recent judicial decision, and the ultimate outlook for this legislation.

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About the Presenter

Adept at navigating complex labor and employment matters, Scott Silverman is noted by Chambers USA for being “expeditious” and “excellent at providing all points of view.” His range of experience includes representation of employers in administrative proceedings, federal and state court litigation, and arbitrations. Although he has worked on a variety of labor and employment issues throughout his career, Scott’s practice has emphasized labor-management relations, employment discrimination, non-compete/trade secret, wage and hour, and retaliation claims.

Complementing his litigation practice, he advises employers on day-to-day matters and drafts manuals and contracts for his clients. Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Labor and Employment Law, Scott frequently lectures and publishes articles on current developments in labor and employment law. In addition to Chambers USA, numerous leading industry publications have ranked Scott as a top lawyer in Florida, including The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers Magazine

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Charlie Imbergamo

MA, CFRE

A committed lifelong learner and a genuinely curious people-person, Charlie Imbergamo has 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, primarily serving in the education and pastoral ministry fields before transitioning to a career in capacity building, training and development. He was appointed the Nonprofit Leadership Center’s CEO in July 2023 after serving as director of strategic programs.

Before joining the Nonprofit Leadership Center, Charlie served as the founding president and CEO of the first Cristo Rey Network School in Florida, a college preparatory high school and corporate work-study program for underrepresented youth in East Tampa. Charlie has served in several executive leadership roles and on various boards of directors in New York, New Jersey, Texas, and Florida. He volunteers for various organizations around the community, serves on his HOA board, and currently serves on the BayCare Behavioral Health Board.

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