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Selective incivility : Immigrant groups experience subtle workplace discrimination at different rates

By F. Krings, C. Johnston, S. Binggeli and C. Maggiori


Immigrants play an increasingly important role in local labor markets. Not only do they grow steadily in number but also in cultural, educational, and skill diversity, underlining the necessity to distinguish between immigrant groups when studying discrimination against immigrants. We examined immigrant employees' subtle discrimination experiences in a representative sample in Switzerland, controlling for dispositional influences. Results showed that mainly members of highly competitive immigrant groups, from immediate neighbor countries, experienced workplace incivility and that these incivility experiences were related to higher likelihoods of perceived discrimination at work. This research confirms recent accounts that successful but disliked groups are particularly likely to experience subtle interpersonal discrimination

Topics: Discrimination; Incivility; Immigrants; Diversity
Publisher: 'American Psychological Association (APA)'
Year: 2014
DOI identifier: 10.1037/a0035436
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