Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2006] All ER (D) 02 (Aug)
Neutral Citation: [2006] EWHC 1898 (QB)
Court: Queen's Bench Division
Judge:

Owen J

Representation Robert Glancy QC (instructed by Mishcon de Reya) for the claimant.
  Geoffrey Brown (instructed by Beachcroft Wansbroughs) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 1 August 2006

Catchwords

Negligence - Duty to take care - Employer - Bullying at work - Harassment - Employee suffering psychiatric injury - Whether allegations of bullying established - Whether employer vicariously liable - Quantum - .

The Case

In all the circumstances, the defendant was liable for the psychiatric injury suffered by the claimant as a result of episodes of bullying at work. As the claimant had suffered two major depressive episodes, had been unable to work thereafter for four years and had an increased vulnerability to depressive illness, she would be awarded 35,000 general damages and 25,000 under the Smith v Manchester principle.

Practice Areas

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