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The efficacy of sexual orientation anti-discrimination legislation

Michelle Hebl (Department of Psychology, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA)
Laura Barron (US Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, USA)
Cody Brent Cox (Department of Psychology, Texas A&M University, San Antonio, Texas, USA)
Abigail R. Corrington (Department of Psychology, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

ISSN: 2040-7149

Article publication date: 19 September 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to summarize the limited body of research that focuses on the efficacy of sexual orientation anti-discrimination legislation in reducing discrimination.

Design/methodology/approach

Reviews past research that documents overt and subtle forms of workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals and describes how legislation plays an important role in changing social norms and underlying attitudes.

Findings

Empirically demonstrates that legislation effectively can reduce discrimination.

Originality/value

Informs legislative debate and promotes the expansion and adoption of national, state, and local legislation on sexual orientation anti-discrimination legislation.

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Citation

Hebl, M., Barron, L., Cox, C.B. and Corrington, A.R. (2016), "The efficacy of sexual orientation anti-discrimination legislation", Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 35 No. 7/8, pp. 449-466. https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-07-2016-0060

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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