A-1018782226876.pdf - Sex Roles\u201a Vol 38 \u201a Nos 1\/2 \u201a 1998 Gender Discrim in ation an d the Workplace An Exam in ation of Ration al Bias Th eory Su

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Gender Discrimination and the Workplace: An Examination of Rational Bias Theory Susan Trentham 1 and Laurie Larwood University of Nevada Reno Previous research concerning the rational bias theory of workplace dis- crimination has been confined largely to narrow student samples. This study extends that work with an experimental-survey design in which employed participan ts were asked both how others respond to conditions classically eliciting rational bias discrimination and how they believe people behave in their own firm s. Participants were 148 m en and 158 wom en (88.6% Caucasian 4.6% Hispanic 4% Asian and 2.8% other racial identification ) with graduate business degrees from a public university. Results show evidence of continuing discrimination and support the theory predicting rational bias gender discrimination in the workplace. Gender of respondent and locus of control (defined by Spector s Work Locus of Control scale) are also shown to be related to rational bias discrimination . Suggestions are made for further development and testing of rational bias theory. Despite regulations that attempt to promote equality within the workplace
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