Defining Generalized Workplace Discrimination

25 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2010

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Carra Sims

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Psychology

Reeshad S. Dalal

George Mason University - Department of Psychology

Date Written: April 11, 2008

Abstract

Typically, workplace discrimination is approached from the perspective of a particular dimension (e.g., race or gender). This offers insight but also obscures important communality among different types of discrimination. We propose a construct of generalized workplace discrimination that clarifies the overlap among different types of discriminatory experiences and allows for a conceptualization and validation of discrimination as a psychological construct. Moreover, examination of this construct, and its antecedents and consequences, begins to answer calls for general models of discrimination while offering suggestions for situations under which the uniquenesses of discrimination against various target groups are more versus less prominent.

Keywords: Discrimination, Generalized, General, Work, Workplace, Harassment, Sex, Race, Gender, Ethnic, Age, Job Satisfaction, Turnover, Attrition, Sexual Harassment

JEL Classification: J70, J71, J78, J79, J10, J16, D63, J28, K31, K42, M12, M50, M51, M52, M54, M59

Suggested Citation

Sims, Carra and Dalal, Reeshad S., Defining Generalized Workplace Discrimination (April 11, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1552401 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1552401

Carra Sims

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Psychology ( email )

603 East Daniel
Champaign, IL 61820
United States

Reeshad S. Dalal (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Department of Psychology ( email )

Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
United States

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