LGBT intersection of age and sexual identity in the workplace

Debra A. Harley, Pamela B. Teaster

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3 Scopus citations


LGBT older workers represent a diverse and growing segment of the workforce. Often, older LGBT workers must contend with unfair laws and discriminatory policies in the labor force. They must overcome the typical barriers to employment such as lack of modern skills, stereotypes, and disincentives of fringe benefits. Federal, state, and local governments and private business must examine their policies that adversely affect LGBT workers and aging workers. Collectively, LGBT workers are subjected to legalized discrimination, which can result in job loss or demotion. LBGT workers endue an unfair burden because of their sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. America is at a policy crossroads and is being tested for its response to legally sanction discrimination and violation of the civil right of LGBT workers. The future of the American work force may well be determined by its response to LGBT workers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of LGBT Elders
Subtitle of host publicationAn Interdisciplinary Approach to Principles, Practices, and Policies
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783319036236
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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Publisher Copyright:
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.


  • Discrimination
  • LGBT elders
  • Legislation
  • Public policy
  • Workplace

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (all)
  • Medicine (all)
  • Psychology (all)


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