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Gay Men 40% Less Likely To Get Job Interview

The largest study to look at employment discrimination towards gay men found that gay men were much less likely to receive a job interview offer if their resume indicated that they were openly gay, reports the University of Chicago Press Journals. In fact, the study found that gay men were 40 percent less likely to get an employment interview.

Published by Andras Tilcsik of Harvard University, the research will be published in the American Journal of Sociology. The research techniques used in the study by Tilcsik are the same ones that in the past have been used to investigate hiring prejudice based on race and gender.

For the study about employment discrimination towards gay men, Tilcsik sent two fake but realistic resumes to 1,700 entry-level, white collar job openings. One of the resumes contained a "gay signal" -- the name of an organization -- and the other one didn't. The results showed that the resume without the gay signal had an 11.5 percent chance of being called for an interview. However, the resume with the gay signal had only a 7.2 percent chance.

These results were most pronounced in Midwest and Southern states, including Texas.

While the results may be surprising to some people, what is even more surprising is that currently there is no federal law that bans workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. ENDA -- The Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009 -- is the closest law to date ever proposed on the subject. But it did not become law. It has been proposed ever since 1994, but has always failed to become law. ENDA's 2011 version has 111 co-sponsors in Congress.

Without federal protection, gay men (and women) are reliant on the labor laws passed by their individual states. But in 29 states, it's still legal to fire someone solely because they're lesbian, gay, or bisexual, reports Human Rights Campaign. Texas is one of those states where there is no law to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

If you feel that you have been discriminated on the basis of sexual-orientation, you should still consider speaking to an attorney. As he or she might be able to find other legal grounds for your case.

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