Gay people are treated coldly.
So far there have been very few studies focusing on gay employees working in India’s corporate structure.
AhmedabadIn the year 2016, the controversial section 3 was abolished from the Indian Penal Code. But the repeal of this clause has not improved the condition of the people attached to it. Especially in the corporate sector, gay people in India are still treated leniently in this sector. According to a study by IIM Ahmedabad and MDI Gurugram, Section 6 has been repealed but India’s corporate sector still needs major reforms.
Even today, most people hide their sexual identity from their boss or manager. They are forced to live a double life without harming their careers. When researchers interviewed gay and lesbian officials and administrators, they found that they could trust their co-workers and get their cooperation. The authors of the study, entitled ‘From Fear to Courage: Indian Lesbians’ and Gays ‘Quest for Inclusive Ethical Organizations’, are Ernesto Noronha and Premila D’Cruz from IIM-Ahmedabad and Nidhi S Bisht from MDI Gurugram.
The study was recently published in the Journal of Business Ethics. The study included the experiences of 30 gay employees working in major Indian companies. So far there have been very few studies focusing on gay employees working in India’s corporate structure.
Many important things came up in this interview, for example, most people said that they are living a double life. Not only that, their social media accounts are different for friends, coworkers or family members. Gay employees who took part in the research said they acted as if they were not gay and mingled with others. They fear that if they are exposed to the facts, they may be isolated or harassed.
Most employees are asked questions by others about their marriage, social life, girlfriend-lover. Researchers say that when employees think they can be trusted or discerning, they can tell the truth. He discusses with his co-worker the rights of the first nymphs, films made on the subject, etc., from which one can gauge their reaction. It was a big challenge for us.
But when we found those employees, they gave us a lot of important information. Through this study we have also prepared a case for Human Resource Policy, which may provide them a suitable working environment. Studies have shown that lesbian women are more likely than men to face difficulties when it comes to facts. Studies have shown that certain companies have policies covering all types of people,
However, employees rarely disclose their sexual identity to their boss or manager. They fear that their pay scales, promotions, etc. may not be affected by this. The study states that there must be inclusive organizations, which means that employees with any type of sexual identity, be they female, male, gay, lesbian, should be provided a safe, ethical and trusting environment for them.
Sylvester Merchant, founder of Target Trust, which works with the LGBTQ denomination, says changes in the law will have an impact on the corporate sector. But definitely the situation is changing. We have organized awareness programs and workshops for various corporate complexes in Gujarat in the last few years. We do not know how many companies actually made the policy, but the beginning has already taken place