Race and workplace discrimination: The mediating role of cyber incivility and interpersonal incivility

Shanna Daniels (Department of Management, College of Business, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA)
LaDonna M. Thornton (Department of Systems and Technology, Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

ISSN: 2040-7149

Publication date: 16 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Drawing upon theories of modern discrimination, the present study focuses on cyber incivility and interpersonal incivility as mechanisms through which race leads to perceived discrimination. Participants included 408 full-time working adults who responded to an online survey. The results indicate that Non-White employees experience subtle forms of discrimination through the use of e-mail, which accentuate the need for organizations to eradicate workplace mistreatment so that their employees can avoid the adverse outcomes associated with experiencing cyber incivility. The purpose of this paper is to extend the understanding of selective incivility and concludes with directions for future research and practical implications.

Design/methodology/approach

Participants included 408 full-time working adults who responded to the survey online.

Findings

The results indicate that race was indirectly associated with discrimination through cyber incivility. The results indicate that Non-White employees experience subtle forms of discrimination through the use of technology and cyber space which accentuate the need for organizations to eradicate workplace incivility so that their employees can evade the adverse outcomes associated with experiencing incivility at work.

Research limitations/implications

This study extends the understanding of selective incivility and concludes with directions for future research and practical implications.

Originality/value

This paper is the first to explore the relationship between race, cyber incivility and discrimination.

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Citation

Daniels, S. and Thornton, L.M. (2019), "Race and workplace discrimination: The mediating role of cyber incivility and interpersonal incivility", Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 39 No. 3, pp. 319-335. https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-06-2018-0105

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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