A case in question


Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|By Peter Grose, partner with lester Aldridge Solicitors, Tel:01202 786161 Email: peter.grose@la-law.com| Personal injury claim based on stress from alleged workplace bullying ­ was the employer liable? This is the question that the High Court considered in the recent case of Barlow v Borough of Broxbourne [2002] EWHC 50. The facts of the case were that Mr Barlow suffered health problems and took two weeks off work. The notes made by his doctor (but not communicated to his employer) indicated that Mr Barlow was suffering from “stress and depression”, but the doctor¹s certificates presented to the employer made no mention of this. Mr Barlow subsequently brought a claim for personal and psychological injury, alleging that his senior colleagues had subjected him to a culture of abuse. The court held that: – on the facts, Mr Barlow¹s treatment by his senior colleagues did not amount to work place bullying; and – even if it did, the employer was not liable because it did not know, and did not have reasonable gr





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