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The Incidence and Patterns of Discrimination and Harassment Affecting Working Women in Australia

McDonald, Paula K. & Dear, Kerriann (2008) The Incidence and Patterns of Discrimination and Harassment Affecting Working Women in Australia. Women’s Studies Journal, 22(1), pp. 37-48.

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Abstract

This study explored 9015 cases of discrimination and harassment reported over a three year period (2001-2004) to the Queensland Working Women's Service (QWWS), a community based organisation in Australia which specialises in advice, assistance and advocacy for working women. The quantitative study examined two forms of harassment (workplace bullying and sexual harassment) and six forms of discrimination (age, pregnancy, sex, race, family responsibilities and age) to establish the patterns of occurrence across different demographic categories (e.g., age, industry, occupation, union membership, background). The findings reveal women's vulnerabilities change according to lifecycle stages, and that structural aspects of their employment are of greater significance in determining whether they experience discrimination and harassment than the types of jobs they perform.

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ID Code: 17112
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Women, Discrimination, Harassment, Working Women
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Industrial Relations (150306)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Paula K. McDonald
Deposited On: 05 Jan 2009 15:13
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:43

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