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Women Working Part-Time Face Sexual Harassment

womanWomen employed in part-time and contract jobs are up to ten times more likely to experience unwanted sexual advances than those in permanent full time positions, finds an Australian study.

Researcher Anthony LaMontagne examined the likelihood of sexual harassment in different types of employment.

Dr LaMontagne says: “The study is important new evidence because precarious employment has been associated with a variety of adverse working conditions as well as with poorer mental and physical health.”

“Our study shows that 79 per cent of those who experience unwanted sexual advances at work are women,” Associate Professor LaMontagne says.

“People who are employed in casual jobs are about five times more likely to be subjected to unwanted sexual advances.”

“The research also shows that people in contract positions are about ten times more likely to be sexually harassed at work,” Associate Professor LaMontagne says.

Victorian Health Promotion Foundation CEO Todd Harper says: “Not only are women more likely to experience sexual harassment but females make up bigger proportions of industries which use more casual and contract labor.”

“There is a strong link between sexual harassment and mental health problems. This behavior is costly and preventable,” says Harper.

“This research builds on the growing evidence that the workplace is an important setting for improving health and wellbeing.”

“These findings suggest that workers in precarious employment arrangements need much greater protections from unwanted sexual advances,” Associate Professor LaMontagne says.

Source: University of Melbourne

Women Working Part-Time Face Sexual Harassment

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Women Working Part-Time Face Sexual Harassment. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 18, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2008/09/11/women-working-part-time-face-sexual-harassment/2918.html

 

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