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Context Matters: Uncovering Factors Influencing Charges of Religious Workplace Discrimination

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dc.contributor.advisor King, Eden B Ahmad, Afra S.
dc.creator Ahmad, Afra S. 2016-09-28T10:20:48Z 2016-09-28T10:20:48Z 2016
dc.description.abstract Reports of religious discrimination in the workplace have increased significantly and the rate of this charge increase is greater than that of any other protected group (EEOC, 2015). Organizational scholars have focused on proximal factors and minimized the effects of more distal, contextual factors in understanding this workplace experience. By integrating sociology and psychology perspectives using a socioecological psychology framework, I examine how physical, interpersonal, economic and political environments within a particular county influence religious discrimination charges over a 24 year time period. Results indicate that the tragic event of September 11th, as well as increases in temperature, religious diversity and unemployment rates in a county relate to an increase in religious discrimination charges. This approach broadens consideration of the drivers of discrimination beyond individual and organizational factors, suggesting that intergroup dynamics are also influenced by the environment in which organizations are embedded. Additionally, this study incorporates the notion that communities change and as a result, individual workplace experiences change as well.
dc.format.extent 75 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2016 Afra S. Ahmad
dc.subject Psychology en_US
dc.subject Equal Employment Opportunity Comission en_US
dc.subject Religious Discrimination en_US
dc.subject Workplace en_US
dc.title Context Matters: Uncovering Factors Influencing Charges of Religious Workplace Discrimination
dc.type Dissertation Ph.D. Psychology George Mason University

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