"Did Ya Win?" : The (Un)Successful Rural Workplace Sexual Harassment Complainant

Patricia Easteal, Rachel Saunders

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Abstract

In this paper we examine the variables that appear to impact the outcome of
sexual harassment complaints. We have analysed 68 sexual harassment matters
heard across Australia over the six year period between 2005 to 2010. In doing
so, we have ascertained the apparent differences between the urban cases and the
rural cases which might account for the relatively high percentage of successful
rural matters. We did this in two ways We first investigated whether the nature
of the workplace and the type of harassment complained of differed between the
urban and rural cases and if so, how these attributes might correlate with an
upheld complaint. We also looked at the presence or absence of variables found
in other studies to correlate with success (age, ethnicity, prompt reporting,
corroboration, credibility as a witness)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-96
Number of pages13
JournalCanberra Law Review
Volume10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Easteal, Patricia ; Saunders, Rachel. / "Did Ya Win?" : The (Un)Successful Rural Workplace Sexual Harassment Complainant. In: Canberra Law Review. 2011 ; Vol. 10, No. 2. pp. 84-96.
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In: Canberra Law Review, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2011, p. 84-96.

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