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“Nonheterosexuals face an enormous amount of hostility and discrimination from many heterosexuals in the workplace and in society as a whole. This excellent book educates the reader about how individuals' sexual orientation may affect both how well they are accepted by their coworkers, and how they react to coworkers. It is useful in courses or training programs on diversity in general or on this particular topic. It also may be used by individuals outside of courses who simply want to learn more about sexual orientation as a workplace issue and about themselves. Amy J. Zuckerman and George F. Simons's book is definitely the best book on the topic.” --Gary N. Powell, Department of Management, University of Connecticut Sexual orientation is one of the most controversial ...

Sexual Orientation at Work
Sexual orientation at work
The Invisible Norm

Many people think sexual orientation should not be discussed at all in the workplace. What they don't realize, however, is that sexual orientation is already shaping the norms within organizations—it's simply that the accepted topic is heterosexual orientation. This is almost always invisible to the straight people because it seems so normal to them. Heterosexuals who are not married are frequently left out as well. The following are some examples:

  • “I don't know why you're not married. You're good looking and you're on the ‘up and up’ around here.”

    Because I'm gay! Please don't assume I'm straight just because I haven't said otherwise.

  • “We offer benefits for husbands and wives of employees, plus family leave in case ...
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