California Employment Law Update

Tag Archives: psychological injury

Employee’s Stress Resulting From Co-Workers’ Negative Reactions To Her Is Not Compensable

Verga v. WCAB, 159 Cal. App. 4th 174 (2008) Rosemary Verga sought workers’ compensation benefits for an alleged psychiatric injury she sustained while working for United Airlines. However, the WCAB found Verga was not actually subjected to harassment or persecution. Instead, she was “a difficult person to get along with [who was] impolite, unpleasant, and … Continue Reading

Employee Who Suffered “Psychiatric Injury” Due To Fluctuations In Company’s Stock Was Not Entitled To Benefits

Pacific Gas & Elec. Co. v. WCAB, 114 Cal. App. 4th 1174 (2004) Clifford Bryan filed a workers’ compensation claim against Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) after he was forced to leave work in October 2001 due to the stress of his job in interacting with customers who did not like the company and … Continue Reading

Psychological Injury Caused By Workplace Gossip Does Not Arise Out Of Employment

Atascadero Unified School Dist. v. WCAB, 98 Cal. App. 4th 880 (2002) The employee in this case filed an application for workers’ compensation benefits in which she alleged that she had suffered a psychological injury as a result of workplace gossip about her extramarital affair with a coworker. The Court of Appeal annulled the ruling … Continue Reading

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