The Italian social context still has the presence of numerous and serious prejudices against homosexuality. This is clearly demonstrated by the attitudes of politicians who often externalize hostile positions towards the homosexual people, and it is aggravated by the fact that Italy still has not yet codified homophobic behavior as a crime. The aim of this study is to explore how gay employees in Sicily perceive to be treated in the workplace, and in particular, if to come out, to heterosexual colleagues, rather than to not declare, determine a different perception of the same behavioral area. Test used for data detection was an ad hoc Homosexual discrimination Questionnaires for employees, divided into different parts. Results obtained from 256 Italian homosexual employees confirm our hypotheses and show as variables, named education, job contract, time and, conditionally to the coming-out, generally rated with different levels of perceived discrimination behaviors and evaluations of social support by heterosexual colleagues.

Discrimination in the workplace: an empirical study of perceived diversity climate and coming out

RAMACI, TIZIANA;AIELLO, FABIO
2015

Abstract

The Italian social context still has the presence of numerous and serious prejudices against homosexuality. This is clearly demonstrated by the attitudes of politicians who often externalize hostile positions towards the homosexual people, and it is aggravated by the fact that Italy still has not yet codified homophobic behavior as a crime. The aim of this study is to explore how gay employees in Sicily perceive to be treated in the workplace, and in particular, if to come out, to heterosexual colleagues, rather than to not declare, determine a different perception of the same behavioral area. Test used for data detection was an ad hoc Homosexual discrimination Questionnaires for employees, divided into different parts. Results obtained from 256 Italian homosexual employees confirm our hypotheses and show as variables, named education, job contract, time and, conditionally to the coming-out, generally rated with different levels of perceived discrimination behaviors and evaluations of social support by heterosexual colleagues.
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