Stress claim dismissed, accepted, dismissed again

Worker claims workplace stressors led to acute stress disorder
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 02/20/2013

The New Brunswick Court of Appeal has overturned an award of workers’ compensation benefits to a federal employee for “gradual onset stress.”

A nurse manager at the mental health facility of Dorchester Penitentiary in Dorchester, N.B., filed a claim for workers’ compensation benefits because of the inability to work due to stressors that were work-related.

On June 22, 2010, the nurse manager was told of an anonymous letter written by other employees that accused her of bullying, harassment and discrimination causing a poisoned work environment. The nurse manager asked for an investigation, but Corrections Canada (CSC) determined it didn’t qualify as a complaint.