Wednesday 13 December 2017

Victim of 'vicious and continuous' bullying awarded €73,000

Stephen Harmon
Stephen Harmon

Tim Healy

A TOOLMAKER has been awarded more than €73,000 for what a judge described as "vicious and continuous" bullying that he suffered at work.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine said the bullying of Stephen Harmon started immediately after he was taken on by engineering firm Hydramasters of Butterly Business Park, Artane, Dublin.

Mr Harmon (29) of Coney Meadows, Athy, Co Kildare, sued Hydramasters where he worked from November 2011 to April 2012.

He claimed he was subjected to verbal and physical abuse, and aggressive behaviour, from another employee.

He said he was assaulted on a number of occasions by the other employee and while he was trying to operate machinery and, as a result, was put in danger.

It was further claimed that even though it was informed by letter of the bullying and harassment, Hydramasters failed to carry out any adequate risk assessment or critical incident review of the situation.

The High Court heard the case was for assessment of damages only as judgment had already been obtained against the company. Hydramasters was not present in court for the case.

Ms Justice Irvine said the case related to vicious and continuous bullying inflicted by one employee who initially subjected Mr Harmon to verbal abuse. She awarded €35,000 in general damages and €38,844 for loss of earnings.

Irish Independent

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