Unwanted sexual advances at work: variations by employment arrangement in a sample of working Australians.

LaMontagne, Anthony D., Smith, Peter M., Louie, Amber M., Quinlan, Michael, Shoveller, Jean and Ostry, Aleck S. (2009) Unwanted sexual advances at work: variations by employment arrangement in a sample of working Australians. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 33 (2). pp. 173-179. ISSN 1326-0200

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Abstract

Objective: We tested the hypothesis that the risk of experiencing unwanted sexual advances at work (UWSA) is greater for precariously-employed workers in comparison to those in permanent or continuing employment.

Methods: A cross-sectional population-based telephone survey was conducted in Victoria (66% response rate, N=1,101). Employment arrangements were analysed using eight differentiated categories, as well as a four-category collapsed measure to address small cell sizes. Self-report of unwanted sexual advances at work was modelled using multiple logistic regression in relation to employment arrangement, controlling for gender, age, and occupational skill level.

Results: Forty-seven respondents reported UWSA in our sample (4.3%), mainly among women (37 of 47). Risk of UWSA was higher for younger respondents, but did not vary significantly by occupational skill level or education. In comparison to Permanent Full-Time, three employment arrangements were strongly associated with UWSA after adjustment for age, gender, and occupational skill level: Casual Full-Time OR = 7.2 (95% Confidence Interval 1.7-30.2); Fixed-Term Contract OR = 11.4 (95% CI 3.4-38.8); and Own-Account Self-Employed OR = 3.8 (95% CI 1.2-11.7). In analyses of females only, the magnitude of these associations was further increased.

Conclusions: Respondents employed in precarious arrangements were more likely to report being exposed to UWSA, even after adjustment for age and gender.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School
ISI Impact: 5
Item ID: 7123
Depositing User: Ms Jyoti Zade
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2011 10:12
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:22
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/7123

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