No workers’ comp just because your job drives you crazy

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Any job can be stressful, but some employees claim their jobs literally are making them crazy.

But does that mean that employees whose jobs drive them nuts have an occupational disease? If so, are they entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if they cannot work anymore? And what role do the employee’s own contributions to the stress (through poor performance) play in deciding whether the employee should get benefits?

Those are questions the North Carolina Supreme Court considered in a recent landmark decision.

The case: Barbara Hassell worked as a teacher for the Onslow County Board of Education from 1987 until February 2002, when she left work after being warned that her teaching was not up to par.

All had gone well with Hassell’s teaching career while she worked at elementary schools. But in 1996 she was transferred to a middle school and immediately began having trouble managing the classroom and maintain...(register to read more)

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