Responses to injustice in the workplace
Wilks, Marla Kenimer
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The present study explores the joint effects of procedural justice and legitimacy on responses to injustice in the workplace. I consider three forms of legitimacy: authorization, endorsement, and propriety. Participants in the study engaged in role-playing by reading a vignette describing a situation of injustice and answering questions about their likely reactions. Although procedural justice and legitimacy fail to interact in expected ways, the results highlight both the importance of individual-level legitimacy in the form of propriety and gender in responses to injustice, and the effect of procedural justice on propriety. I provide suggestions for future research.