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Discrimination Against Transgender Employees and Jobseekers

McFadden, Ciarán


Ciarán McFadden


Klaus F. Zimmermann


Discrimination against transgender employees and jobseekers is widely reported in multiple contexts. However, there is relative lack of literature on the experiences, extent, scope, and magnitude of anti-transgender discrimination. This chapter brings together the extant literature on this topic from the business, management, economics, sociology, and psychology fields. The underlying mechanisms of anti-transgender discrimination are explored, and discrimination in two main forms, namely formal and informal, is discussed. Formal discrimination is experienced by transgender jobseekers within job applications and interviews and by transgender employees in the guise of promotion and firing discrimination. Informal discrimination often takes the form of negative stereotypes, verbal and physical harassment, and microaggressions. It is therefore clear from the literature that discrimination is experienced by many transgender employees and jobseekers, in multiple forms and contexts within the workplace and the labor market. The chapter ends with recommendations for practitioners and future researchers interested in studying and promoting transgender inclusion in the workplace.

Acceptance Date Jun 4, 2020
Online Publication Date Jun 29, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Jul 31, 2020
Publisher Springer
Pages 1-14
Book Title Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics
ISBN 9783319573656
Public URL