The Dark Side of Organizational Behavior

By Ricky W. Griffin; Anne M. O'Leary-Kelly | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 7
Out of the Closet
and Out of a Job?
The Nature, Import,
and Causes of Sexual
Orientation Discrimination
in the Workplace

Elizabeth Ann Deitch, Rebecca M. Butz, Arthur P. Brief

Abstract: Despite an increasing focus on diversity in recent decades,
organizational researchers have largely ignored the experiences of
lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) employees. This chapter is intended
to draw attention to the problem of sexual orientation discrimina-
tion in the workplace, and to encourage researchers to turn their
efforts toward the study of this neglected employee population. The
chapter begins with a discussion of the issues that make LGB employ-
ees a unique population for study, including the nonvisible nature
of sexual orientation, the lack of federal civil rights legislation ban-
ning sexual orientation discrimination, and the general social accept-
ability of antipathy toward gay men and lesbians. Then, existing
research regarding the incidence of sexual orientation discrimina-
tion, its antecedents, and its outcomes is reviewed. Following this
review, numerous suggestions for directing future research on the
issues facing lesbian, gay, and bisexual employees are advanced.

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