Sexual harassment of women working as room attendants within 5-star hotels
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Given the gendered power relations and the isolated nature of women hotel room attendants' working environments, guest-initiated sexual harassment experienced by room attendants is a significant, under-investigated problem. This study of women attendants' experiences of sexual harassment was conducted in 5-star hotels located on the Gold Coast — a notable tourism destination — of Queensland, Australia. Adopting a socialist–feminist critical theory epistemological perspective, the study used a qualitative constructivist grounded theory methodology. The research reveals the pervasiveness of sexual harassment experienced by women hotel room attendants. In particular, this study illuminates the varied forms, meanings and consequences of sexual harassment in a particular organizational context. In focusing on the interacting effects of the gendered nature of the hotel workplace and the hotel workplace culture, the near-complete ‘normalization’ of sexual harassment within the hotels is revealed. This outcome is a source of considerable concern, with implications for the industry, for employment relations institutions and for public policy.
Gender, Work & Organization
© 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Sexual harassment of women working as room attendants within five star hotels, Gender, Work & Organization, Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 36–50, 2015 which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12064. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html)
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