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The Secret Silent Spaces of Workplace Violence: Focus on Bullying (and Harassment)

Faculty of Business, Government and Law, University of Canberra, ACT 2617, Australia
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Received: 21 August 2018 / Revised: 23 October 2018 / Accepted: 24 October 2018 / Published: 29 October 2018
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Any form of workplace abuse, be it bullying, sexual or non-sexual harassment, or other forms of workplace violence, represents a significant problem for both workers and organisations. The reality that worker complaints of such abuse are often silenced, frequently for long periods of time, has recently been spotlighted by the #MeToo movement. In this article we focus particularly on workplace bullying (some definitions include harassment). We explore how potential, and actual, complaints of such abuse may silenced—both before complaints are ever made, and also at different points along the complaint or dispute resolution process. We investigate how definitional and naming issues, worker ignorance and incapacity, workplace investigations, (alternative) dispute resolution and the legal pathways available to targets of workplace bullying and harassment may act to silence complaints. We also provide some practical suggestions for the targets of workplace abuse. View Full-Text
Keywords: bullying; harassment; workplace abuse; violence; silencing; naming; reporting bullying; harassment; workplace abuse; violence; silencing; naming; reporting

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Ballard, A.J.; Easteal, P. The Secret Silent Spaces of Workplace Violence: Focus on Bullying (and Harassment). Laws 2018, 7, 35.

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