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4. Survey Findings
Discrimination in the workplace has long been a topic of debate. Most employers agree that discrimination of any kind is unacceptable in the workplace however as it relates to homosexuals discrimination is often overlooked or not handled appropriately. The purpose of this investigation is to examine discrimination in the workplace as it relates to homosexuals. The research will also include a survey of questions related to homosexual discrimination in the workplace. Let’s begin by defining the issue.
According to a book, Discrimination at Work: The psychological and Organizational Bases, discrimination involving sexual orientation is somewhat difficult to define and combat when it occurs. In many cases, discrimination against homosexuals is referred to as homophobia; however the authors of the book assert that discrimination against gays can also be referred to as heterosexism. Heterosexism is the belief that heterosexual attraction is the only appropriate type of sexuality and any “alternative lifestyle” is wrong (Colella and Dipboye). This ideology often results in discrimination against homosexuals.
Many companies have policies that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. However, such discrimination continues to occur and its effects can be devastating. According to an article found in Sex Roles: A journal of research this type of discrimination has adverse effects including limited opportunities for investment and high levels of stress (Horvath & Ryan 2003). In addition, this type of discrimination can have a negative effect on the organization that tolerates such actions (Horvath & Ryan 2003). Discrimination of any kind can have a lasting effect on the individual or group that is discriminated against. These effects can also...