A Different Way to "Get Even" after Unjust Terminations: Remedies, Not Retaliations as a Means to Restore Organizational Justice

33 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2002

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Barry M. Goldman

University of Arizona - Eller College of Management

Laura Kray

Berkeley-Haas Management of Organizations; UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Jochen M. Reb

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

This research systematically investigates a variety of potential remedial actions that an organization can undertake to restore justice and avoid litigation after the unfair termination of an employee. Specifically, we draw upon relational and instrumental models of organizational justice and upon social exchange theory to develop hypotheses that relate specific types of injustice to specific remedial actions on the part of the organization. In addition, we hypothesize on the role the contacting of an attorney plays in these relationships, since past research suggests that the mere fact of filing a lawsuit through an attorney may shift the focus towards a monetary remedy rather than a socioemotional one. We test these hypotheses in three studies with both field survey data and experimental data.

Keywords: Organizational justice, litigation, remedy

Suggested Citation

Goldman, Barry M. and Kray, Laura and Reb, Jochen M., A Different Way to "Get Even" after Unjust Terminations: Remedies, Not Retaliations as a Means to Restore Organizational Justice. IACM 15th Annual Conference. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=305143 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.305143

Barry M. Goldman

University of Arizona - Eller College of Management ( email )

McClelland Hall
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Laura Kray

Berkeley-Haas Management of Organizations ( email )

545 Student Services Building
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

HOME PAGE: http://facultybio.haas.berkeley.edu/faculty-list/kray-laura

UC Berkeley Haas School of Business ( email )

545 Student Services Building, #1900
2220 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

Jochen M. Reb (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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