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Gender variance in the Fortune 500: The inclusion of gender identity and expression in nondiscrimination corporate policy

Gender and Sexuality in the Workplace

ISBN: 978-1-84855-370-5, eISBN: 978-1-84855-371-2

ISSN: 0277-2833

Publication date: 14 September 2010

Abstract

Despite the absence of federal legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression, many companies have adopted such policies in recent years. We examine the impact of several contextual factors thought to influence gender identity and expression nondiscrimination policy adoption among Fortune 500 firms from 1997 to 2007. Our findings suggest that city and state laws likely influence policy adoption, as do federal case rulings regarding gender nonconformity and the adoption of similar policies by companies in the same industry. We found little evidence that companies respond to state or city executive orders or to media coverage of gender identity issues in the workplace.

Citation

Munsch, C.L. and Elizabeth Hirsh, C. (2010), "Gender variance in the Fortune 500: The inclusion of gender identity and expression in nondiscrimination corporate policy", Williams, C.L. and Dellinger, K. (Ed.) Gender and Sexuality in the Workplace (Research in the Sociology of Work, Vol. 20), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 151-177. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0277-2833(2010)0000020010

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