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Kathleen M. Rospenda & Judith A. Richman

In: Handbook of Work Stress

Chapter 7: Harassment and Discrimination

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Harassment and Discrimination
Harassment and discrimination
Kathleen M.RospendaJudith A.Richman

In recent years, there has been exponential growth in research on specific types of workplace harassment and discrimination—particularly sexual harassment and racial discrimination. However, there is a dearth of literature on the overall experience of workplace harassment and discrimination, that is, whether and how these experiences overlap, what general theories apply to this broad class of workplace stressors, and whether experiences of different kinds of harassment and discrimination lead to similar outcomes. In fact, anecdotal accounts of harassment and discrimination tend to indicate that different types of harassment and discrimination frequently occur together (e.g., “gendered racism,” Essed, 1991), suggesting that distinctions between types may be artificial. Thus, the purpose of this chapter is to synthesize the literatures on ...

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