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Title: Online Harassment in the Workplace: The Role of Technology in Labour Law Disputes
Authors: Tenório, Nelson
Bjørn, Pernille
Keywords: Abusive behaviour;Labour laws;Chat technology;Legal disputes;Workplace harassment;Online harassment;Skype;WhatsApp;Moral harassment;Sexual harassment;Legal evidence
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Springer, London
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Computer Supported Cooperative Work - ECSCW 2019: Proceedings of the 17th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
Series/Report no.: ECSCW
Abstract: In this paper, we explore the role technology plays in online workplace harassment as it emerges in the legal verdicts of labour law courts. Analysing 106 official legal verdicts on labour law violations, we demonstrate how technological traces are used as evidence for both indictment and the defence. We find that chat technologies risk providing a platform for online workplace harassment which extends beyond the boundaries of work and into private life. In contrast to online harassment on social media sites, online harassment in the workplace exists within situations of known audiences in hierarchical organisational structures. Thus, speaking up against a violator can have severe financial and social consequences for the survivor. Our data show that chat technology, by capturing and documenting abusive behaviours, makes harassment visible, allowing survivors to hold the harassers legally accountable. Furthermore, we find that online harassment, because it extends beyond the physical workplace, extends the legal and ethical responsibility of the employer. We argue that research on computer-supported co-operative work should consider how the design of co-operative technologies can help survivors speak up, as well as inhibit violators’ abusive behaviour. We also propose that design strategies must consider employers’ extended responsibility for moral and ethical conduct.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1007/s10606-019-09351-2
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12015/3301
ISSN: ISSN 0925-9724
metadata.mci.conference.sessiontitle: Full Papers
metadata.mci.conference.location: Salzburg, Austria
metadata.mci.conference.date: 8 - 12 June 2019
Appears in Collections:ECSCW 2019 Long Papers

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