Employee committed suicide after bullying at work –
bosses convicted of health and safety offenses
Today in Sweden has two executives at the social services department in Krokoms municipality sentenced to probation and fined since a 53 year old social worker, who has felt bullied at work, committed suicide.
A 53-year-old man who worked as a social worker for almost 30 years took the summer of 2010 his life.
53-year-old had been suffering from a progressive depression, and for some time have felt bullied in the workplace at the Social Services Department in Krokoms municipality. Shortly before the suicide employer gave notice also that the 53-year-old was dismissed even though the basis for dismissal was missing.
His family believed that the situation in the workplace contributed to the death, and after the police decided the prosecutor to indict unit and social manager at the municipality for safety violations.
The managers have not properly investigated conditions at the workplace , even though the 53 -year-old tried to be reassigned and despite repeated oros notifications from colleagues that expressly addresses suicide risk
The 53 -year-old had access to occupational health services do not imply that managers may divest itself of responsibility for the situation in the workplace and the measures were necessary. The District Court also considers that there has been a conscious risk-taking by managers , despite the risk of suicide , and although the issue of grounds for dismissal to be investigated more closely, began a dismissal procedure for 53 -year-old .
The court believes that the managers were negligent as not taken action , such as a relocation investigation , to prevent illness and death. They are also considered to have been grossly negligent when they initiated dismissal proceedings.
They judged now because of health and safety offenses , through involuntary manslaughter . (text; dagensjuridik.se)
Not a day too early!
“Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.”
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