Date of Conferral
Amy C. Hakim
Not all organizations in Wisconsin have transgender inclusive antidiscrimination policies. Leadership can use the results of this study to understand the effect of antidiscrimination policies on transgender employee job satisfaction. Quantitative data were collected from transgender employees aged 18 years or older who were employed but not self-employed in the state of Wisconsin. The relationship between the presence and absence of transgender inclusive antidiscrimination policy and job satisfaction was addressed by creating an anonymous online survey that contained demographic questions, the 1997 Job Descriptive Index (JDI) and the Job in General (JIG). Participants were notified of the study using fliers disseminated via community service groups and events, web magazines, social media, and personal contact. Participants (n = 38) self-selected to participate. Fourteen participants reported that their workplace had transgender inclusive antidiscrimination policy (37%), 12 participants (31.5%) reported no such policy, and 12 participants (31.5%) were not aware of the presence of this policy. Data were analyzed to determine correlations between job satisfaction facets within the JDI and the JIG and the presence of antidiscrimination policy that includes employees who are transgender. Results revealed that the job satisfaction of employees whose workplaces had transgender inclusive antidiscrimination policies was highest when correlated to promotion opportunities, r = .854 followed by the employee's viewpoints about their actual work, r = .832, people in the workplace, r = .820, with the lowest correlation for the supervision facet, r = .808. These findings contribute to positive social change by promoting antidiscrimination policies for transgender employees, increasing job satisfaction, and reducing turnover.