When Harvard researcher Andras Tilcsik finished composing two faux resumes — one boasting a leadership position in an LGBT organization and the other in a progressive organization — he sent them both to the same 1,700 job openings.
The latter received more phone calls…
The resume without sexuality reference had an 11.5 percent chance of receiving an interview, while the resume with a reference to the applicant's sexuality only scored a 7.2 percent chance.
Discrimination in white-collar employment is substantially stronger for the Southern and Midwestern states in the sample.
He also found the 'gay resume' to garner less attention in job postings looking for aggressive and decisive applicants:
It seems, therefore, that the discrimination documented in this study is partly rooted in specific stereotypes and cannot be completely reduced to a general antipathy against gay employees.
Sigh. Unfortunately, we're not surprised. We remain positive, though.
Progress is being made ever day, and studies like this one help raise awareness to the discrimination!
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