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The ill-treatment of employees with disabilities in British workplaces

Fevre, Ralph William ORCID:, Robinson, Amanda L. ORCID:, Lewis, Duncan and Jones, Trevor David Butler ORCID: 2013. The ill-treatment of employees with disabilities in British workplaces. Work, Employment and Society 27 (2) , pp. 288-307. 10.1177/0950017012460311

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There are few quantitative studies that show the workplace is experienced in a different way by employees with disabilities. This article fills this gap using data from the British Workplace Behaviour Survey, which found that employees with disabilities and long-term illnesses were more likely to suffer ill-treatment in the workplace and experienced a broader range of ill-treatment. Different types of disability were associated with different types of ill-treatment. The survey also showed who employees with disabilities blamed for their ill-treatment and why they believed the ill-treatment had occurred. Drawing on the existing literature, four possible explanations for ill-treatment are considered: negative affect raises perceptions of ill-treatment; ill-treatment leads to health effects; ill-treatment results from stigma or discrimination; ill-treatment is a consequence of workplace social relations. Although some of these explanations are stronger than others, the discussion shows that more research is required in order to decide between them.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 0950-0170
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:32

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