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I'm curious to know if there are similar biases in the workplace - if anyone's dared to document it.

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Definitely not an exact answer, but one article (which I do not necessarily agree with when it comes to politics) covers wealth, income and "power" (author's term on the last point): The data are what I find fascinating – YaReally Jan 20 '13 at 19:21

There is data in the Wikipedia article Personal Income in The United States which I believe addresses your question. The results are not a surprise to me.

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As I reviewed this, I see the data is a bit old, 2006 for this chart. I don't think the numbers have changed much, though.

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There is a quite an extensive literature on the racial/ethnic and gender differences in earnings in the US and elsewhere. There is comparatively less of this work done on earnings differences in sexual orientation, but starting with a great paper from 2001 that relied on a novel use of census data from the 2000 US Census, it was shown that gay men earn roughly 16% less then straight men. Unfortunately you need access to JStor to read it online but here's the link:

For more on gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, search the labor econ literature on or You can also hit the BLS site for tables of wages and other labor market gaps by demographics from the Current Population Survey at

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