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Sexualidade e organiza??es: estudo sobre lésbicas no ambiente de trabalho

DOI: 10.1590/S1984-92302011000400004

Keywords: work environment, sexual orientation and workplace, diversity, organizacional discours.

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discrimination against gays in the workplaces has been object of many studies; nevertheless, there is a gap regarding their female counterparts. this research, based upon the postmodern ontology, was designed to evaluate how lesbians perceive themselves in the corporate world. the fieldwork was carried out from july 2005 to july 2008 in public and private corporations in rio de janeiro and s?o paulo. we interviewed 18 homosexual women of different ages, races, physical traits and social classes. their reports were submitted to discourse analysis and they revealed that a) lesbians, as well as gays, perceive themselves as being discriminated against at the workplace b) sexual orientation cannot be dealt with as a solid category, hence other social, physical and psychological dimensions may stress or attenuate discrimination, and c) lesbians discriminate each other on the basis of other attributes.

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