Johnson v Unisys Limited: CA 4 Dec 1998

The claimant had been dismissed. He said the manner of his dismissal had caused him to suffer a mental breakdown, and claimed for loss of earnings. He asserted a duty on an employer not to dismiss him in such a way as to infringe the duty of trust and confidence. He succeeded in a claim for unfair dismissal, but now sought additional damages.
Held: A claimant who suffered mental distress because of the manner of his dismissal was not entitled to damages. The loss was confined to the manner of dismissal, and did not flow from the breach of trust and confidence by the employer.
The Master Of The Rolls, Lord Woolf, Lord Justice Hutchison, Lord Justice Tuckey
Gazette 31-Mar-1999, [1998] EWCA Civ 1913, (1999) IRLR 90, [1999] 1 All ER 854, [1999] ICR 809
Bailii
England and Wales
Cited by:
Appeal fromJohnson v Unisys Ltd HL 23-Mar-2001
The claimant contended for a common law remedy covering the same ground as the statutory right available to him under the Employment Rights Act 1996 through the Employment Tribunal system.
Held: The statutory system for compensation for unfair . .

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