Settling sexual harassment complaints through conciliation : what complaints settle and what complaints don’t?

Worley, Anthea, Charlesworth, Sara, & McDonald, Paula K. (2013) Settling sexual harassment complaints through conciliation : what complaints settle and what complaints don’t? Alternative Law Journal, 38(2), pp. 96-102.

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Abstract

This paper explores why some complaints of sexual harassment lodged under Australian anti-discrimination laws might settle during the conciliation process while others do not. It draws on an analysis of data collected from files of sexual harassment complaints lodged with all state, territory and federal human rights agencies in the area of employment over a six month period. The analysis suggests that complaints that conform with the stereotypical image of sexual harassment, where a woman is physically sexually harassed by a senior man, are more likely to settle as are complaints where the complainant is in full-time, secure employment and where complainants are not legally represented. However, sustained Australian research, including by human rights agencies, is vital is to further explore these issues.

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ID Code: 61539
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Sexual Harassment Complaints, Conciliation, Settling
ISSN: 1037-969X
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: 25 Jul 2013 22:41
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2013 22:21

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