||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 02 (Aug)
|| EWHC 1898 (QB)
||Queen's Bench Division
||Robert Glancy QC (instructed by Mishcon de Reya) for the claimant.
||Geoffrey Brown (instructed by Beachcroft Wansbroughs) for the defendant.
||1 August 2006
Negligence - Duty to take care - Employer - Bullying at work - Harassment - Employee suffering psychiatric injury - Whether allegations of bullying established - Whether employer vicariously liable - Quantum - .
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.
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