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Gag clause

Refers to the employment contract restrictions used as a means of protecting the organization’s trade secrets or proprietary information.


Gainsharing plan

A group incentive plan used to enhance productivity by sharing with a group a percentage of the gains the organization realizes from specific group efforts.



A court order requiring an employer to withhold a certain percentage from an employee’s pay in order to settle a debt with a creditor.

Gay The adjective used to describe people whose enduring physical, romantic, emotional, and/or spiritual attractions are to people of the same sex.
Gender Expression External manifestation of one's gender identity, usually expressed through "masculine," "feminine," or gender-variant behavior, clothing, haircut, voice, or body characteristics. Typically, transgender people seek to make their gender expression match their gender identity, rather than match their birth-assigned sex.
Gender Identity One's internal, personal sense of being a man or a woman (or boy or girl). For transgender people, their birth-assigned sex and their own internal sense of gender identity do not match.


An individual who possesses the capabilities to perform more than one diversified function, rather then specializing in or having responsibility for one specific function.


Generation I

The term used to describe children born after 1994 who are growing up in the Internet age.


Generation X

The term used to describe individuals born between 1965 and 1980.


Generation Y

The term used to describe individuals born between 1985 and the present.


Genetic-based discrimination

The practice of requesting or requiring genetic testing information during the hiring process or using genetic testing information to base any other employment decisions or actions.


Geographical differential

The variance in pay established for same or comparable jobs based on variations in labor and costs of living among other geographic regions.


Glass ceiling

Used to describe the invisible barrier keeping women from advancing into executive-level positions.


Glass Ceiling Act of 1991

An act meant to raise public awareness regarding the underutilization of females and minorities in certain positions within the U.S. workforce and eliminate barriers preventing advancement.



The term used to describe increasingly mobile organizations that are performing their operations in foreign countries.


Global compensation

Pay practices relating to employees who are working on assignments in international locations. A service premium and additional incentives are often included in the compensation package to offset differences in taxes and cost of living.


Global relocation

The process of transferring an individual’s residence from the United States to a foreign country for the purpose of completing an international job assignment.



A statement outlining the long-term results, accomplishments or objectives an organization seeks to attain.


Goal achievement

How well a contractor has progressed toward meeting employment or promotion targets set to correct underutilization of protected class members.


Goal setting

The process of setting and assigning a set of specific and attainable goals to be met by an individual, group or organization.


Gold-collar employee

The term used to describe individuals such as scientists, engineers and other highly skilled employees who are in high demand and short supply.


Good -faith bargaining

The principles applied to conducting negotiations where two parties meet and confer at reasonable times with open minds and the intention of reaching an agreement. 


Good faith effort

The effort and action an organization puts forth to correct goals and specific problem areas.


Graded vesting

A schedule used for vesting purposes, in which the vesting occurs over a period of five to 15 years.



An informal communication channel used to transmit information or rumors from one person to another.


Green card

A card issued in accordance with immigration laws to an alien granting him or her the right to become a lawful permanent resident of the United States, including the right to work legally.


Greenfield Operation

A new operation that is built from “the ground up”. 



A formal complaint or allegation by an employee or group of employees made to unfair treatment or violation of a union contract.


Gross Salaries

The amount of income, exclusive of any deductions, paid to employees during the calendar year which may include pay for earnings such as: regular earnings, sick and vacation leave, discretionary day, holiday, longevity, compensatory time, etc.

Grievance procedures

The process and guidelines to be followed by employees, management or the union when resolving differences or conflicts.


Gross product margin

The difference between the price a certain product is sold at and the cost of producing the product.




Group dynamics

The social manner in which people interact with each other within a group.


Group interview

An interviewing method where a prospective employee is interviewed by a small group of his or her peers.


Group outplacement

Used as a cost-cutting measure, it incorporates the same principles as individual outplacement benefits (i.e., providing job counseling, training and other services to displaced employees) with the exception that counseling is performed on a group vs. individual basis.

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