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Factors leading to adverse treatment at work


Factors leading to adverse treatment at work  

The BIS has published a study into factors that influence employees’ vulnerability to “adverse treatment”. The report proposes that attention should be given to supporting specific groups of workers, including young people, those with long-standing health problems and gay/lesbian or bisexual workers.

The report, Vulnerability and adverse treatment in the workplace, commissioned by the BIS finds that certain features of the external labour market, the product market, the employing organisation and the job, as well as characteristics of the employee themselves, each serve to increase the likelihood of adverse treatment.

The report reveals that factors indicating increased vulnerability include a worker’s lack of other opportunities in the labour market, lack of a written contract of employment, age (younger workers were worse off), long-standing health problems and a worker’s own financial difficulties. In some cases an absence of unionisation (or the absence of a threat of unionisation), lack of awareness of Acas, and not being heterosexual also made employees more vulnerable to adverse treatment 

October 2010

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