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Employee takes practice to court over alleged bullying

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A major London practice is facing a High Court case and thousands of pounds in damages after it was accused of overworking and bully ing an employee, leading to physical injury. The practice sacked the partly qualified female designer five years ago when she took time off sick as a result of the alleged overwork. The case against the practice is of personal injury and wrongful dismissal, but neither party can be named in advance of the case.

The woman told the AJ that her bosses bullied her into working long hours by 'shouting at me' and 'finding fault with everything'. She told the RIBA's anti-discrimination group Architects for Change that she was bullied more than others in the office because of her gender. A judge is due to hear the case early next year.

Meanwhile, the RIBA is set to beef up its stance on discrimination in the workplace by introducing a new clause in its code of conduct which will demand 'diversity, humanity and respect' in the way that architects deal with each other.

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