A new study published in the Journal of Business and Psychology has shown that female executives are more likely to hire gay and lesbian employees while male bossed prefer straight employees.
The study was done in the University of Sussex to confirm a previous research that claimed that homosexual were at a disadvantage when it comes to getting hired, this study is the first to identify a gender bias in job seekers.
According to the Times CVs of a lesbian woman, a gay man and one straight man and woman were shown to 400 participants. Subtle signals of homosexuality were given to the participants through memberships of gay groups, however, every other detail of the CVs was exactly the same.
It was shown in the research that male bosses prefered straight applicants over homosexual applicants, the fact that applicants had the same qualification does not seemed to matter. On the other hand it was totally opposite when women were hiring, most of them chose the homosexual applicants over straight ones.
The lead author of the study, Dr Benjamin Everly said: “These results show that bias against gay men and lesbians is much more nuanced than previous work suggests. Hiring decisions made by teams of both men and women could lead to less biased decisions.”