HR Manager seeks £800,000 compensation for being overworked
1 February 2012
A human resources manager who has been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome is seeking compensation from her previous employer.
Joanna MacLennan hasn’t worked since 2006 after being diagnosed with the illness, is seeking £800,000 from the company that she joined in November 2004.
MacLennan claims she worked 'impossible hours' – 12 hours a day – and was overworked until she was made ill. Her employer ignored her health "against a background of excessive hours, which she had been required to work" according to her barrister, David Melville QC.
The defendant’s barrister has said that MacLennan is looking back through "a dark telescope" and has stated that she had expressed that she enjoyed her work through emails to friends.
The hearing continues.
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