The Odds Of Landing A Job Are Higher If You Play It Straight, Research Shows

Young Man Nervous about Job InterviewA study conducted in Cyprus has concluded that gay men and women are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to exploring the job market.

Two groups of applicants were created with near-identical qualifications, with one group having worked at a “gay rights organization” and the other at an “environmental charity.”

They were monitored as they looked for jobs, and the gay male applicants received interviews 39 percent less often than straight men, while lesbians received interviews 42.7 percent less often than straight women.

That’s a fairly giant discrepancy to be solely based off of one item of work experience, but as researcher Dr. Nick Drydakis put it, “Cyprus has not devoted the necessary resources to public education in the area of employment. This is apparent in the public’s general lack of awareness regarding the legal protection against unequal treatment.”

And when gay men did land a job in the study, they were offered 9.2 percent less money than straight men. Lesbians were offered 5.8 percent less than straight women.

And before you say “yes, but all this proves is that it’s harder for gay men and women to find jobs in Cyprus, a small island in the Mediterranean sea” — which, okay, you’d be right — consider this similar study that shows similar results in the US, especially in the Midwest and the South.

That study went a step further and found that when job descriptions included phrases like “assertive,” “aggressive,” or “decisive,” outwardly gay applicants saw a significant decline in callback rates. Stereotypes are still very much alive at the corporate level.

h/t Pink News