World briefs (May 7, 2001)

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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

TEACHER AWARDED FOR UNDUE STRESS

Somerset, U.K. — A schoolmaster who took early retirement because of stress was awarded more than $224, 000 in damages. After his school underwent a restructuring, he faced an increasing workload without additional support even after it became known he was having problems coping. The judge said the school’s headmistress was “brusque, autocratic and bullying in her attitude to the staff,” and that since the teacher was treated unsympathetically and no attempt was made to improve the situation, he became ill because of work-related stress.

PUNISHED FOR SHAVING HOURS