Gays earning less in workplace, study shows
Anti discrimination policies in the workplace do not appear to have had an impact on wages for gay employees, research suggests.
A study by the Centre for Economic Performance published in its CentrePiece magazine, found that despite having equal opportunity legislation regarding sexual orientation in the workplace since December 2003, gay men are still paid around 6% less than heterosexual colleagues.
The findings also showed that lesbians are paid around 11% more than their straight counterparts.
The authors analysed 35 months of data before Equal Opportunities legislation and 21 months after, and found there was little difference in the status of gay men living together as couples after the law.
They suggest that pay discrepancies also emerge when looking at gay couples in groups of age, education, race and religion.
discrimination：區別、歧視 Discrimination against women is common in conservative countries. 傳統保守的國家普遍歧視女性。
orientation：傾向、性向 Some scientists believe that there is a biological basis for sexual orientation. 有些科學家相信，性傾向有其生物學基礎。
straight：筆直、挺直、正直、連續地、非同性戀的、非吸毒者。Tom Cruise declared that he is straight. 湯姆克魯斯聲稱他不是同志。