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

Laws 2018, 7, 35

17 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2018

See all articles by Allison J. Ballard

Allison J. Ballard

University of Canberra - School of Law

Patricia L. Easteal

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice

Date Written: October 29, 2018

Abstract

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.

Keywords: bullying; harassment; workplace abuse; violence; silencing; naming; reporting

JEL Classification: K39; K40

Suggested Citation

Ballard, Allison J. and Easteal, Patricia L., The Secret Silent Spaces of Workplace Violence: Focus on Bullying (and Harassment) (October 29, 2018). Laws 2018, 7, 35 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3275043

Allison J. Ballard

University of Canberra - School of Law ( email )

Australia

Patricia L. Easteal (Contact Author)

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice ( email )

Australia

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
13
Abstract Views
102
PlumX Metrics