Job-seeking homosexuals of the world—watch out. Harvard University, leader of all top research schools recently released a study done by András Tilcsik stating that gay men face discrimination when applying for jobs.
According to the study resumes without a reference to homosexuality (that is, being a member or holding a leadership position of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer/Questioning Community or the Gay Straight Alliance for example) are 11.5% more likely to yield an interview than those that include a reference to homosexuality—only 7.2%. lead to interviews.
“The results indicate that gay men encounter significant barriers in the hiring process because, at the initial point of contact, employers more readily disqualify openly gay applicants than equally qualified heterosexual applicants,” said Tilcsik.
Preceding generations have had their civil rights battles—the fight for racial equality in the 60s and the women’s rights movement of the 70s, to name a few. Our generation’s fight is LGBT rights.
Though the US has made baby steps (gays and lesbians can now serve openly in the military thanks to the ending of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” bill) it’s 2011, and it’s time for a more drastic change.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (US EEOC) outlines numerous criteria by which should not interfere with a citizen’s employment opportunities. They are accountable for enforcing federal laws regarding discrimination against employees or job applicants due to their color, religion, race, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age or physical disability.
Make no mistake. Nowhere on that list is protection against discrimination of sexual orientation.
Being a homosexual isn’t wrong and shouldn’t affect the losing a dream job, receiving a pay raise0 or snagging that promotion. It’s time the US EEOC considers a federal law for the LGBT community. After all, everyone is created equal—read the constitution.
Savanna Peterson / Business Manager