In Sutherland v Hatton, the Court of Appeal heard four appeals against county court judgments, related only by their subject matter. In each, a defendant employer appealed against a finding of liability for psychiatric illness caused by stress at work.
In Sutherland v Hatton and others, the Court of Appeal strips three victims of work-related stress of damages, upholding the employers' appeals against county court judgments. In their judgment on 5 February 2002, Lady Justice Hale, Lord Justice Brooke and Lord Justice Kay also took the opportunity to lay down guidelines for claims for occupational stress cases.
In Willans v Reckitt & Colman plc, a county court awards a factory supervisor £55,383 for a stress-induced psychiatric illness. The case is believed to be the first - although now not the only - successful court action against a company, rather than an institutional body such as a council.
In McDonald/Cross v Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Outer House Court of Session dismisses a compensation claim from the family of a man who committed suicide due to work pressures.
In Greatorex v Greatorex, Motor Insurers' Bureau and Pope, the High Court holds that a victim of self-inflicted injuries does not owe a duty of care to a third party not to cause him or her psychiatric injury.
In Commissioner of Police v Stunt, the Court of Appeal has rejected a retired police officer's injury pension claim on the basis that his disabling depressive condition was caused not by his police duties but by the strain of undergoing disciplinary proceedings.
In Fraser v the State Hospitals Board for Scotland, a nurse at a psychiatric hospital loses his claim for damages for stress and depression caused by disciplinary action.
An employer was not in breach of its duty of care to a senior manager who claimed that he became ill because the employer put him under unreasonable pressure at work, and because of the oppressive behaviour of his line manager towards him, holds the High Court in Levy v Allied Dunbar Assurance plc.
Nothing that an employer's management did was, or ought to have been, perceived by them as a potential cause of the depressive disorder that an employee developed, which had been caused by stress at work over a period of time, holds the Outer House, Court of Session in Fraser v State Hospitals Board for Scotland.
In Chief Adjudication Officer v Faulds, the House of Lords rules that an industrial injuries benefit claimant suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder arising from stressful employment must prove exactly what caused his injury.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employee health (stress).