Sacked! An investigation of young workers' dismissal

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Title Sacked! An investigation of young workers' dismissal
Author Kellner, Ashlea Kate; McDonald, Paula; Waterhouse, Jennifer
Journal Name Journal of Management & Organisation
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher eContent Management Pty Ltd
Abstract Limited academic attention has been afforded to young workers relative to their adult counterparts. This study addresses a phase of the employment relationship for young people that is very infrequently examined – during or around the time when the relationship ends. It examines the relative frequency of different forms of dismissal and the circumstances preceding the dismissals via a content analysis of 1,259 cases of employee enquiries to a community advocacy organisation in Australia. Results indicate that dismissal was most commonly associated with bullying, harassment, and taking personal leave. Young men, compared to young women, were disproportionately likely to report allegations of misconduct as preceding dismissal, while females experienced higher rates of sexual harassment and discrimination. The research highlights the types and circumstances of dismissal across a range of employment contexts and reveals the complexities of youth employment relationships which may differ from those of the general workforce.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 e-Content Management Pty Ltd. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 17
Issue Number 2
Page from 226
Page to 244
ISSN 1833-3672
Date Accessioned 2011-05-17
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Human Resources Management
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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