Sacked! Workplace dismissals amongst youth employees

Kellner, Ashlea, McDonald, Paula K., & Waterhouse, Jennifer Marie (2011) Sacked! Workplace dismissals amongst youth employees. Journal of Management and Organization, 17(2), pp. 226-244.

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Limited academic attention has been afforded to young workers relative to their adult counterparts.

This study addresses a phase of the employment relationship for young people that is very infrequently examined - during or around the time when the relationship ends. It examines the relative frequency of different forms of dismissal and the circumstances preceding the dismissals via a content analysis of 1259 cases of employee enquiries to a community advocacy organisation in Australia.

Results indicate that dismissal was most commonly associated with bullying, harassment, and taking personal leave. Young men, compared to young women, were disproportionately likely to report allegations of misconduct as preceding dismissal, while females experienced higher rates of sexual harassment and discrimination. The research highlights the types and circumstances of dismissal across a range of employment contexts and reveals the complexities of youth employment relationships which may differ from those of the general workforce.

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ID Code: 41400
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Young Workers, Dismissal, Labour Market, Gender, Discrimination
ISSN: 1833-3672
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Industrial Relations (150306)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 21 Apr 2011 04:06
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2015 05:50

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