Taking the ambiguity out of subtle and interpersonal workplace discrimination

Christopher K. Marshburn, Nicole T. Harrington, Enrica N. Ruggs

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In their target article, Jones, Arena, Nittrouer, Alonso, and Lindsey (2017) make a compelling argument that discrimination may be best conceptualized continuously rather than categorically with respect to dimensions of subtlety, formality, and intentionality. We agree that such a framework can help capture the multifaceted nature of discrimination. The authors note that subtle and interpersonal discrimination, in particular, are difficult to address through formal organizational policy. In the workplace, subtle and often interpersonal discrimination can be overlooked or attributed to misunderstanding and, thus, may go unpunished (Dovidio & Gaertner, 2004).

Original languageEnglish
Article number00106
JournalIndustrial and Organizational Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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