Access to Decent and Meaningful Work in a Sexual Minority Population

Blake A. Allan, Elliot A. Tebbe, Lauren M. Bouchard, Ryan D. Duffy

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People who identify as sexual minorities consistently face barriers to decent and meaningful employment, especially when coupled with additional constraints such as low socioeconomic status or marginalization experiences. Drawing from the psychology of working theory as our theoretical framework, this study examined the relations of economic constraints (social class) and marginalization (negative sexual minority workplace climate) to work volition, decent work, and meaningful work with a sample of working adults identifying with sexual minority identities. Consistent with hypotheses, social class and workplace climate indirectly predicted decent work, via work volition, and workplace climate also directly predicted decent work. Decent work and work volition were each direct predictors of meaningful work and decent work partially mediated the relation of work volition to meaningful work. Results highlight the importance of advocacy and adequate workplace supports for sexual minority individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)408-421
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Career Assessment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019


  • decent work
  • meaningful work
  • sexual minority workplace climate
  • social class
  • work volition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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