Hingst, David v Construction Engineering (Aust) P/L (ABN 623 9278 1199) (No 3) [2018] VSC 136

NEGLIGENCE, TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT
Judgment type: 
Supreme Court of Victoria
Judge(s): 
Zammit J
Parties: 

Hingst, David v Construction Engineering (Aust) P/L (ABN 623 9278 1199) (No 3)

Judgment Date: 
29 March 2018
Catchwords: 

NEGLIGENCE - Duty of care - Scope of duty - Psychiatric injury - Workplace bullying - Whether employer breached common law or statutory duty - Whether injury reasonably foreseeable - No evidence of bullying - Injury not reasonably foreseeable - Proceeding dismissed - Koehler v Cerebos (Aust) Ltd (2005) 222 CLR 44 applied - Brown v Maurice Blackburn Cashman (2013) 45 VR 22; Swan v Monash Law Book Co-operative [2013] VSC 326; Govic v Boral Australian Gypsum Pty Ltd (2015) 47 VR 430 considered - Accident Compensation Act 1985 s143AB; Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 s34.

TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT - Application for unfair dismissal remedy - Whether genuine redundancy - Claim settled - Whether release executed under duress - No evidence of duress - Westpac Banking Corporation v Cockerill (1998) 152 ALR 267 followed - Workplace Relations Act 1996 s353.

Citation: 
[2018] VSC 136