Everyone feels stress at work sometimes. However, if work is causing psychological injury due to the high levels of stress in your workplace, you may be entitled to a claim.

Laws and legislation for stress at work in New South Wales

You can claim for work-related stress within Australia. Common types of stress claims include PTSD, caused by your employment; stress because of a workplace conflict with another employee or your employer; sexual harassment, bullying, or discrimination at work.

There are both federal and state laws in place to protect you from stress at work. These include The Commonwealth Fair Work Act (2009), Age Discrimination Act 2004, Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986, Disability Discrimination Act 1992, Racial Discrimination Act 1975, and the Sex Discrimination Act 1984.

Remember that it is not okay to be too stressed by work. Your place of work should be an inclusive and encouraging environment according to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. It states that every employer and business has a duty of care to their workers, and to ensure that workers are not exposed in any way to a risk to their health and safety.

What is the claims process?

To be able to make a stress-related work claim, you must be able to present your stress as an injury. The amount of compensation you receive will vary on the situation; there are strict guidelines in place for a stress-related claim.

In any case, you should always:

  • Document and report the stress-related case to your employer;
  • Seek medical treatment;
  • Obtain a ‘Certificate of Capacity’ from your doctor;
  • Complete a workers’ compensation form
  • Submit the form to your employer and insurer.

What is the claims process?

What’s My Claim Worth can help you start the process to get the result you need in your fight against workplace stress. Starting this legal process can result in monetary compensation for you, as well as potential new orders surrounding workplace rules within your place of work.

It should be noted that this is not a necessarily easy process. If you have had negative outcomes due to workplace stress, such as mental health issues, or psychological physical harm, then it is worth seeing if you can make a claim. Start the process today and speak to What’s My Claim Worth, to see whether your bullying and harassment in the workplace case can progress.