HM Prison Service v Salmon (IRLR 425 EAT)

A tribunal can award you damages for both physical/psychiatric injury and injury to feelings if you can prove the injury to feeling.

Case facts

Male colleagues openly read pornographic magazines and engaged in unacceptable sexual banter. This humiliating environment culminated in an incident in 1996 when offensive comments were written about Salmon in a dock book which resulted in Salmon suffering moderately severe depression and her retirement on medical grounds.


Conclusion for me

The EAT also held that in this instance there was no overlap and double recovery in relation to the awards for psychiatric injury and injury to feelings she was awarded. You can be awarded damages for both physical/psychiatric injury and injury to feelings if you can prove the injury to feeling.


Updated: 5th May, 2021
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