Supreme Court rules employers liable for damages in case of attempted suicide caused by workplace stress

An attempted suicide can be considered a workplace accident for which the employer has to pay damages if he or she exerts undue pressure on an employee, the Supreme Court has ruled.

In a decision made public, Greece’s highest court ruled that a firm manufacturing cold cuts in northern Greece should pay a former employee 60,000 euros after she attempted to kill herself.

The unnamed woman slit her wrist in 2008 after being pressured to fulfil a second role as a cleaner at another company that was part of the group owning the factory she worked at.

She was fired three months following her return to work after recuperating from her injury.