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Keywords

inclusion, diversity, norms, workplace language, workplace trust, workplace discrimination, LGBTQ issues, LGBTQ interview, management principles

Abstract

Extensive research has shown that diverse workplaces are more effective than homogenous workplaces; however, gay and lesbian employees still often face discrimination or exclusion in the workplace. In order to initiate discussion about inclusion and diversity in the workplace, the authors interviewed five gay employees (four women and one man). This article contains a brief introduction and conclusion, as well as excerpts from the interviews. The interviewees confirmed that they had experienced discrimination in the workplace themselves or had seen it happen with others. They offered advice to future employees and managers, including the importance of creating an environment of trust and being sensitive to potentially offensive office language.

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Marriott Student Review is a student journal created and published as a project for the Writing for Business Communications course at Brigham Young University (BYU). The views expressed in Marriott Student Review are not necessarily endorsed by BYU or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.