Changing Corporate America from Inside Out: Lesbian and Gay Workplace Rights

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U of Minnesota Press, 2004 - Social Science - 334 pages
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Despite the backlash against lesbian and gay rights occurring in cities and states across the country, a growing number of corporations are actually expanding protections and benefits for their gay and lesbian employees. Why this should be, and why some corporations are increasingly open to inclusive policies while others are determinedly not, is what Nicole C. Raeburn seeks to explain in Changing Corporate America from Inside Out.

A long-overdue study of the workplace movement, Raeburn's analysis focuses on the mobilization of lesbian, gay, and bisexual employee networks over the past fifteen years to win domestic partner benefits in Fortune 1000 companies. Drawing on surveys of nearly one hundred corporations with and without gay networks, intensive interviews with human resources executives and gay employee activists, as well as a number of case studies, Raeburn reveals the impact of the larger social and political environment on corporations' openness to gay-inclusive policies, the effects of industry and corporate characteristics on companies' willingness to adopt such policies, and what strategies have been most effective in transforming corporate policies and practices to support equitable benefits for all workers.

Nicole C. Raeburn is assistant professor and chair of sociology at the University of San Francisco.

 

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Contents

Corporations as the New Frontier for Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Rights
1
The Rise of the Corporate Workplace Movement
23
The Slowdown in New Corporate Organizing
53
Building and Benefiting from the Movement
73
Winds of Change outside Corporate Walls External Factors Influence GayInclusive Policies
107
Corporate Windows of Opportunity The Impact of Internal factors on Metro Policies
157
Changing the Corporation from Inside Out The Power of Employee Activism
189
Movement Success Theoretical and Practical
231
The Birth of Gay Employee Networks and the Adoption of Domestic Partner Benefits
269
Works Cited
275
Index
311
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Page iv - ... Minnesota Press). The author gratefully acknowledges the helpful suggestions of the AIC editors and two anonymous reviewers, as well as the following sources of financial support: a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (SBR-9700763); an American Sociological Association/National Science Foundation Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award; a Martin P. Levine Memorial Dissertation Fellowship Honorable Mention from the Sex and Gender section of the American Sociological...

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Raeburn is assistant professor and chair of sociology at the University of San Francisco.

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