According to MONDAQ.com, Australia’s courts seem to be spending a lot of time considering “psychiatric harm” in the workplace.
While these concerns seem primarily based on conditions “Down Under,” risk management practitioners should be aware that the issue can become global and effect their clients. Similar cases may be coming to a courtroom near you.
In one case, the court ruled that “Employers not necessarily liable for psychiatric harm to employees who are stressed or overworked” ( http://tinyurl.com/k7up53m). In separate decisions, two employees who sustained psychiatric injuries in the course of their employment in Victoria were denied damages in recent decisions of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the Victorian Court of Appeal.
In another case, “Law firm successfully defends against claim of bullying” (http://tinyurl.com/knl7gn2), the court decided that an employee who experienced an overwhelming workload, professional and personal pressure, conflict and a strained relationship with a colleague was found not to have been bullied.
Interestingly, all cases were heard in the same Australian state, Victoria.