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Consequences of disclosure of sexual orientation in the workplace

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Nathan Barrett, Marilyn Lewis
All Australian businesses are governed by legislation aiming to prevent workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and sexual identity with serious penalties applying to companies found contravening legislation. While other Australian studies have examined these issues, Queensland has either not been included or relevant data is not easily identified. This paper presents the results of an exploratory study using a quantitative survey to determine the consequences of disclosure of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity to colleagues in workplaces in Queensland. Results suggest that while gay, lesbian and bisexual (GLB) workers are more open to disclosing their sexuality as a consequence they are experiencing more discrimination in the workplace, despite anti-discrimination policies. This suggests the need to further investigate companies’ compliance with workplace legislation.

History

Volume

12

Issue

3

Start Page

96

End Page

104

Number of Pages

9

eISSN

1175-5407

Location

New Zealand

Publisher

Human Resources Institute of New Zealand

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

New Zealand journal of human resources management.

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CQUniversity

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