As a stigmatized group, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered (LGBT) individuals are vulnerable to employment discrimination and receive little legal protection. They have had to cope with discrimination and engage in identity management to conceal their sexual identity. This study seeks to determine whether LGBT individuals, in anticipation of discrimination, have lower initial career expectations, espouse more altruistic work values, and make career choices based on those work values, when compared to heterosexual individuals. Using data from a large survey of postsecondary students, we found that LGBT individuals, after controlling for age, visible minority status, and major of study, reported lower salary expectations than heterosexual individuals. LGBT individuals were also more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to espouse "altruistic" work values and to indicate a career choice in the nonprofit sector. We suggest that "altruism" may be an important work value that is related to a career choice in the public and nonprofit sectors.

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Keywords anticipated discrimination, career expectations, LGBT individuals, nonprofit sector, work values
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1177/0734371X12453055
Journal Review of Public Personnel Administration
Citation
Ng, E.S.W. (Eddy S. W.), Schweitzer, L, & Lyons, S.T. (Sean T.). (2012). Anticipated Discrimination and a Career Choice in Nonprofit: A Study of Early Career Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered (LGBT) Job Seekers. Review of Public Personnel Administration, 32(4), 332–352. doi:10.1177/0734371X12453055