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Date of Graduation



Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Department of Psychology


Tracy E. Zinn

Kala J. Melchiori

Mary Thompson


The study investigated the effect of a job applicant’s gender identity (male or female) and gender history (cisgender or transgender) on the evaluated quality of the applicant and the likelihood of the applicant being hired for a vacant software engineer position. Participants from the worker pool of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk evaluated the quality of a fictitious job applicant based on a mock resume and background check created for the purposes of this study, then completed the Social Dominance Orientation. There was no significant effect of gender identity or gender history on the evaluated quality of the job applicant or on the likelihood of the participant to hire the applicant, which is inconsistent with existing literature on employment discrimination against transgender individuals in America.



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