Most gainful employment can involve a certain degree of stress. There is often pressure to perform to an acceptable standard and pressure to meet deadlines and to work efficiently and effectively either individually or within a team.
In certain circumstances however, the conduct of the employer or of a co-worker may breach what is legally acceptable in the employment relationship and where this results in an employee suffering a recognised psychiatric injury, a claim for personal injury can arise.
The employer has a duty to not only provide a safe working environment and to prevent injury to employees, but also to take steps to prevent employees suffering bullying or harassment either by the employer or by a co-worker.
Where an employer is on notice of the injury being caused to an employee by undue or inappropriate conduct by the employer or co-workers, the employer may be subject to a legal claim.
We advise employers and employees on the changing face of the legal landscape in this regard.
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