Letters to the editor

Homophobia at work is, unfortunately, all too common
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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/13/2006

The recent article on homophobia issues in the workplace (“Coming out still bad for a career,” June 19) paints a picture of one company where an employee, Jorge, faced a truly toxic work environment.

This could be similar to toxic workplaces where many employees, even managers, are hostile toward women, particular ethnic groups or religious minorities. But there is a special intensity about homophobia as described in the article.

Unfortunately this type of ignorance and derision toward gays and lesbians is still quite common in schools, sports, television programs, movies and even some kinds of music — in other words, throughout daily life. So it’s hardly surprising that it spreads into places where people go to work.