Who is the Good Bullying Victim/Corpse?
10(2) Canberra Law Review 63-83.
21 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2012
Date Written: 2011
Bullying in the workplace is a serious concern both because of its high prevalence and the potential harm caused to its targets and witnesses. Reporting is low. There has been little research done that has examined the bullying victims’ journeys down the different legal avenues in Australia. We aim to address at least part of that gap in this paper. We do that by first describing briefly the various remedial pathways available to victims, and then we report on our analysis of a sample of relevant legal cases. From the latter, we identify some demographic variables about the complainants and aspects of the bullying background to discover what type of target pursues the matter legally. We also determine if certain types of bullying appear to be more likely to result in upheld complaints, and to identify at least some of the other factors that may affect a complainant’s success in disputes that involve bullying.
Keywords: Bullying, Legal responses, Judicial outcomes bullying complaints
JEL Classification: K00
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