Garrett v Camden London Borough Council: CA 16 Mar 2001

The court considered a claim for work related stress. The claimant asserted that he had been harassed, intimidated and systematically undermined: ‘Many, alas, suffer breakdowns and depressive illnesses and a significant proportion could doubtless ascribe some at least some of their problems to the strains and stresses of their work situation: be it simply overworking, the tension of difficult relationships, career prospect worries, fears or feelings of discrimination or harassment, to take some examples. Unless, however, there was a real risk of breakdown which the claimant’s employers ought reasonably to have foreseen and they ought properly to have averted there can be no liability.’ (Simon Brown LJ)
Simon Brown LJ
[2001] EWCA Civ 395, [2001] All ER (D) 202
England and Wales
See AlsoGarrett v London Borough of Camden CA 5-Feb-1997
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CitedWalker v Northumberland County Council QBD 16-Nov-1994
The plaintiff was a manager within the social services department. He suffered a mental breakdown in 1986, and had four months off work. His employers had refused to provide the increased support he requested. He had returned to work, but again, did . .

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CitedD v Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd QBD 23-May-2006
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CitedHelen Green v DB Group Services (UK) Ltd QBD 1-Aug-2006
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CitedClark v The Chief Constable of Essex Police QBD 18-Sep-2006
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Updated: 23 January 2021; Ref: scu.222973