No Workers’ Comp for Stressed Out Medical Assistant
A cardio technician claimed she suffered work-related aggravation of her preexisting bipolar disorder as a result of having to do 5 stress tests in a row without a break and being bullied and harassed by her co-worker. The WCB and Appeals Tribunal denied the claims finding neither situation to be a “significant workplace stressor.” Having to do consecutive tests was just part of the pressures of working in a cardiology office. And the run-ins with the co-worker were more personality conflict than bullying and harassment. The court found the rulings reasonable and refused to overturn them
[Stein v British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal), 2018 BCSC 778 (CanLII), May 14, 2018].