Study Finds “Significant” Hiring Discrimination

A new, large-scale study not only found that openly gay men face “significant” hiring discrimination in several areas of the country, but employers are also less likely to discriminate in states where anti-discrimination laws prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. Keen News Service reported on October 12, 2011, that the findings were announced in “Pride and Prejudice: Employment Discrimination against Openly Gay Men in the United States,” published in the September 2011 issue of the American Journal of Sociology.

The study, conducted by Harvard University researcher András Tilcsik, involved sending out 1,769 pairs of fictitious résumés in response to online job postings by private employers covering five occupations across seven states for recent college graduates. Keen said one résumé in each pair stated that the candidate was given a leadership role of a college gay and lesbian organization, while the other résumé stated that the applicant was treasurer of a college progressive and socialist organization.

Overall, heterosexual men received over one-and-a-half times as many callbacks with 11.5 percent of heterosexual “applicants” receiving a call back for an interview compared to 7.2 percent of gay men. However, Keen noted that California was one of three states that Tilcsik found the gap between callbacks for gay and heterosexual “applicants” to be insignificant.

Do you believe this study helps reinforce the effectiveness of anti-discrimination laws? Our Los Angeles employment attorney wants to hear from you. While California certainly has laws prohibiting employment discrimination, it does not mean discrimination does not happen. If you believe that you were a victim or have questions about how to prove discrimination, contact our office today to set up a confidential consultation.

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