Disabled employees' perceptions of ill-treatment in the workplace

R. Fevre, A. Robinson, T. Jones, D. Lewis

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Abstract

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. © The Author(s) 2013.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-307
JournalWork, Employment and Society
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Fevre, R. ; Robinson, A. ; Jones, T. ; Lewis, D. / Disabled employees' perceptions of ill-treatment in the workplace. In: Work, Employment and Society. 2013 ; Vol. 27, No. 2. pp. 288-307.
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