Perceptions of discrimination: A multiple needs model perspective

Barry M. Goldman, Jerel E. Slaughter, Mark J. Schmit, Jack W. Wiley, Scott M. Brooks

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The multiple needs model of justice was used to understand employee reactions to perceived discrimination. In particular, the fulfillment of the three needs discussed in that model-economic, interpersonal, and deontic (ethical)-were tested as consequences of perceived discrimination and as antecedents of job attitudes and turnover intentions. A representative sample of the U.S. workforce (N = 5,605) rated the three needs-fulfillment variables while also rating their perceptions of discrimination, job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and intent to leave. The proposed model was supported. This study extends research on perceived discrimination by proposing a role for the multiple needs model of justice through the use of a specific and important role for needs fulfillment. It also extends support for the multiple needs model of justice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)952-977
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Management
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2008


  • Discrimination
  • Justice
  • Multiple needs model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Strategy and Management


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