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Thursday 18 September 2014

Postal sorter suing An Post for 'negligence' over alleged bullying, High Court hears

Published 21/01/2014 | 17:25

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A POSTAL sorter who claims he was bullied by another worker is suing An Post.

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Joseph Craven was stared and glared at, as well as intimidated and stalked by the other worker, in the An Post Dublin Mail Centre, the High Court heard.

Mr Craven of Ardbeg Park, Artane, Dublin, has sued his employer for negligence over the alleged harassment and bullying and says it failed to discipline the other worker, or to act on or investigate properly his complaints.

He claimed it was a contract of his employment that he would not be caused psychiatric or psychological damage by other employees and be provided with a workplace free from bullying, harassment, verbal assault and intimidation.

Mr Craven has claimed during his employment at the mail centre, from September 2008 for about three years, the other man bullied, harassed, verbally abused and intimidated him.

He alleged psychological torture by the man by continually following him around the workplace, staring at him and continuing to stalk him.

He claims his personal life had been invaded and his system of work has been made untenable.

Mr Craven claimed he first made a complaint in 2008 and was hopeful his employer would put a stop to the stalking but felt he was being fobbed off by his superiors.

An Post says  it is not liable.  It says his complaints were taken seriously and efforts  put in to resolving the situation. The other worker, in 2011, was given a verbal warning in relation to staring at Mr Craven.

Opening the case, Michael Byrne SC said every single aspect of Mr Craven's life was destroyed by the alleged bullying and he was particularly upset and disappointed at the the failure of his employers to deal with the situation.

The final straw was when he saw the other worker parked near his home and he thought he might be stalking his home and family.

The case continues.

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