“It Literally Happens Every Day”: The Multiple Settings, Multilevel Considerations, and Uncertainty Management of Modern-Day Sexual Harassment

Emina Herovic, Jennifer A. Scarduzio, Sarah Lueken

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Abstract

Younger employees are highly susceptible to sexual harassment, and with the advent of increased social media use, workplace sexual harassment now extends beyond the organization into cyberspace. The current study investigates younger employee experiences of sexual harassment across settings and the role of uncertainty management in this process. We discuss important considerations at each level related to uncertainty; namely, employment status, target status, spillover, coworker relationships, culture, and space. We offer important theoretical implications including the consideration of hegemony, uncertainty, and spillover to work on sexual harassment. Practical implications include encouraging organizations to develop policies that incorporate online sexual harassment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-57
Number of pages19
JournalWestern Journal of Communication
Volume83
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018, © 2018 Western States Communication Association.

Keywords

  • Online Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Social Networking Sites
  • Uncertainty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics

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