Employment Discrimination

Adrienne J. Colella, Patrick F. McKay, Shanna R. Daniels and Sloane M. Signal

in The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Psychology, Volume 2

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199928286
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Employment Discrimination

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This chapter reviews the literature on employment discrimination. The review is organized around targets (e.g., sex, race, religion), causes (e.g., cognitive, in-group favoritism), forms (e.g., harassment, adverse impact), and results of discrimination (e.g., costs, stress). Primarily, literature from the field of industrial and organizational psychology is considered. However, research in other disciplines is also included. The paper concludes with suggestions for future research directions for this rich and diverse area of research: integration across disciplines, integration across levels of theory and analysis, and integration with practice.

Keywords: employment discrimination; racism; sexism; adverse impact; stereotypes; harassment

Article.  53308 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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