£21,000.00 Compensation After Office Lights Cause Headache

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Ms Bove was employed as a charity worker with the Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham.  She complained to her bosses that the overhead fluorescent lighting in her office gave her migraines.  The headaches became so bad that Ms Bove was forced to quit her job.

Ms Bove had previously complained to her bosses about the lighting and asked them to change the lighting in order to prevent her migraine attacks.  The requests were ignored.

Ms Bove subsequently brought a claim for constructive dismissal with allegations being made that her bosses even organised a meeting with her in a room with fluorescent lighting, knowing that it would give her migraines. She was awarded £21,177.

I find it rather bizarre that her employer was not willing to incur the small cost of changing the lighting in an office in order to assist their employee which would have prevented such an expensive claim. 


Karen Hayden
Legal Executive - Personal Injury Team.

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