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

LaMontagne, Anthony D. and Smith, Peter M. and Louie, Amber M. and Quinlan, Michael and 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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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: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/7123

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