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SEXUAL ORIENTATION IN THE WORKPLACE: THE UNIQUE WORK AND CAREER EXPERIENCES OF GAY, LESBIAN AND BISEXUAL WORKERS

Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management

ISBN: 978-0-76231-103-3, eISBN: 978-1-84950-266-5

ISSN: 0742-7301

Publication date: 30 June 2004

Abstract

Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) employees constitute one of the largest, but least studied, minority groups in the workforce. This article examines what we know, and what we need to know, about the career and workplace experiences of this understudied population. The construct of sexual identity is defined, followed by a review of the research on sexual orientation in the workplace. Then an analysis of the differences between LGB employees and other stigmatized groups is presented. Three unique challenges facing LGB employees are identified, and conceptual models are developed that explain underlying processes. Finally, career theories are critically analyzed, and an identity-based longitudinal theory of LGB careers is presented.

Citation

Rose Ragins, B. (2004), "SEXUAL ORIENTATION IN THE WORKPLACE: THE UNIQUE WORK AND CAREER EXPERIENCES OF GAY, LESBIAN AND BISEXUAL WORKERS", Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management (Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, Vol. 23), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 35-120. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0742-7301(04)23002-X

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