Jerri Simmons, a partner in Cranfill Sumner’s Risk Management & Workers’ Compensation group, recently obtained a favorable verdict for an employer client from the North Carolina Industrial Commission. The Plaintiff (a former employee of the Defendant-Employer) alleged mental injuries, high blood pressure, and “body fatigues” due to various interactions they had with the Defendant-Employer, including instances where the Plaintiff’s name was mispronounced and where the Plaintiff believed the Defendant-Employer treated another employee differently due to their sex. The Plaintiff then resigned from their position with the Defendant-Employer and sought employment elsewhere. After the Plaintiff’s employment ended with the Defendant-Employer, the Plaintiff continued to report to medical professionals about complaints similar to those made during their employment with Defendant-Employee, despite no longer working there. The Commission found that the stressors the Plaintiff faced during their employment with the Defendant-Employer were not specific to the work that was performed by the Plaintiff for the Defendant-Employer in the scope of their employment and was therefore not compensable and the Plaintiff’s claim was denied.

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