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Yapp v Foreign and Commonwealth Office [2014] IRLR 616

Damages awarded for stress caused by withdrawal of post

In Yapp v Foreign and Commonwealth Office [2014] IRLR 616 the High Commissioner of Belize was immediately suspended and withdrawn from his post following allegations of bullying and sexual misconduct. Following a subsequent investigation and disciplinary hearing, he was cleared of the sexual misconduct charges but not of bullying and he received a final written warning. He then suffered periods of depression and was unable to work until he retired.  Mr Yapp claimed that stress resulting from the process caused his depression. He brought proceedings against the FCO for breach of contract and breach of duty of care with respect to the withdrawal of his post before an investigation had taken place and the unfair conduct of the disciplinary procedure.

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