In an interesting article in The Guardian last week, were details of a claim being brought in a French Employment Tribunal by an employee who says his job was so boring, that this caused him to become psychologically unwell.
Mr Desnard claims that his job was so monotonous that as a result he felt “destroyed” and suffered from depression. He says he was intentionally given little or no work to do by his employer which the French describe as being ‘put in the cupboard’. The article explains that he is seeking compensation that equates to £282,000.
Whilst this is a French case, it will be interesting to see what the outcome is given that under English law an employer is under a duty to take reasonable care of an employee’s health, including their mental health and in some cases a failure to do so can lead to a claim of ‘constructive dismissal’.
Contact our Employment Law Team if you would like to discuss matters affecting your health at work or that of your employees.