Naming and claiming workplace sexual harassment in Australia

Charlesworth, Sara, McDonald, Paula K., & Cerise, Somali (2011) Naming and claiming workplace sexual harassment in Australia. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 46(2), pp. 141-161.

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The persistence of sexual harassment in the workplace and the fact such behaviour remains significantly unreported suggest that legal definitions of sexual harassment may not be well understood. In this paper we explore the naming and claiming of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces, drawing on a unique dataset from a national sexual harassment prevalence survey. We compare a group of individuals who stated they had been sexually harassed according to a legal definition with a group who denied having experienced sexual harassment according to this definition but who went on to report sexually harassing behaviours. The study offers important insights into how workplace sexual harassment comes to be defined and understood in the Australian community, as well as some possible explanations for persistently low rates of formal complaints.

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ID Code: 48009
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Sexual Harassment, Workplace, Organisational Context, Gender
ISSN: 0157-6321
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 > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 11 Jan 2012 22:36
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2012 22:41

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