Stressed staff take employers to court

Increasing
numbers of staff are taking their employers to court over stress, a seminar
heard.

Donald
Pell, of counselling provider Counselling in Companies, told the seminar,
organised by city recruitment specialists Jonathan Wren, that such court cases
could result in huge litigation costs plus damages or tribunal awards.

He said
that short-term problems caused by employees suffering from work-related stress
include, demotivation, absenteeism and the loss of staff.

Shaun
McCarthy, group managing director at Jonathan Wren, said, "Stress in the
workplace is continuing to rise despite increasing awareness of the risks.
Steps should be taken by individuals and employers to acknowledge the existence
of stress and to ensure that measures are in place to help both to prevent
stress and to deal with the effects of it."

 

By Lisa
Bratby

 

 

 

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