• Harassment in the Workplace - Hospitality

    To prevent and more effectively respond to sexual harassment.

  • Harrassment in the Workplace - Health Care

    Sexual harassment remains a persistent workplace issue.

  • Sexual Harassment in Australia
  • Harassment in the Workplace - Report

    Sexual harassment report released.

  • Harassment in the Workplace - Trade

    Contribute to improved policy and practice in workplaces.

  • Harassment in the Workplace - Warehouse

    Identify the impact of sexual harassment on those exposed to it.

  • Harassment in the Workplace - Unemployed man

    Impacts of sexual harassment are wide ranging.

Outcomes &

Grantor: Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (2010-2012).
Investigators: Prof. Paula McDonald (Queensland University of Technology) & Assoc. Prof. Sara Charlesworth (University of South Australia).

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What’s Happening?

April 1, 2014
The Australian Human Rights Commission has released its Audit Report, the fourth and final...
March 30, 2014
The researchers are interested in conducting confidential phone interviews with people who have experienced...
March 28, 2014
A former EnergyAustralia executive, who alleged she was sacked for raising sexual harassment claims, ...
March 16, 2014
A recent case before the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) illustrates that orders...

About the Project

Despite legal prohibition, sexual harassment is a persistent workplace issue with considerable costs for individuals and organisations. Yet there remain significant gaps in knowledge about effective prevention and responses to the problem. This research project draws on a multi-method approach to investigate the various manifestations of sexual harassment across a range of workplaces contexts. It also examines organisational and institutional understandings and responses to workplace sexual harassment and the longer term impacts for individual ‘targets’. Specifically, the project aims to:

  1. Better understand the contexts and the factors that shape individual and organisational understandings of sexual harassment as a workplace issue
  1. Assess the impact of the legal prohibition of workplace sexual harassment on the patterns of conduct which occur and the range of organisational responses to the problem
  1. Identify the impact of sexual harassment on those exposed to it, including their experiences and responses and longer term employment and wellbeing outcomes
  1. Contribute to improved policy and practice to prevent and respond to sexual harassment, by workplaces and human rights and other bodies.

Queensland Insitute of TechnologyUniversity of South Australia

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