Walker v Northumberland City Council [1994]

Facts

  •  A social worker becoming stressed requested an assistant following leave due to stress
  • The social worker returned on the understanding that an assistant would be provided
  • The assistant was only occasionally provided
  • The social worker suffered a second mental breakdown, and had to retire

Issue

  •  Could the social worker recover for loss of earnings

Decision

  •  Recovery allowed

Reasoning

  •  An employer owes a duty of care to their employees to take reasonable steps to protect employees from foreseeable risks to mental health
RELATED CASE  Collins v Wilcock [1984]

Posted in Tort Law Revision Notes.

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