According to a new study from the University of Sussex, female bosses are more likely to hire an LGBT person for an open position than an equally qualified heterosexual counterpart. However, the opposite is true for male bosses—they are less likely to hire LGBT candidates.
Four hundred people were shown one of four types of resumes: lesbian, gay male, straight female or straight male. “The fictional job applicants were named either Greg Johnson (male) or Jennifer Lewis (female) and listed as belonging to either Los Angeles Gay Business Professionals (gay applicants) or Los Angeles Business Professionals (straight applicants).”
After reviewing the resumes, the study participants had to identify if they would hire the individual by ranking the candidates on a 1-7 scale. Women bosses scored LGBT candidates with a score of 5.21 on average and straight candidates with a score of 4.8. Men, on the other hand, scored gay candidates with an average score of 4.6 and gave straight candidates a score of 4.92.
This is the first time any published study has found a positive LGBT bias in the hiring process, even if it is limited to only the women employers.
The lead researcher, Dr. Ben 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.”
He adds that this research could make a significant impact to the hiring mentality of the LGBT community. He states that “these results could influence when and how gay men and lesbians disclose their gay identities at work.”