Employers have certain duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act and under common law to take reasonable care to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their staff. This would also include preventing or reducing the causes of workplace stress.
Whilst employees that are subject to workplace stress can take formal action against their employer, this is not necessarily easy to do. There are two main claims that can be made: personal injury or constructive dismissal.
1. Personal Injury - the following requirements must be met:
2. Constructive dismissal - the following requirements must be met:
In the first instance, I would advise considering going down the grievance route first and only pursuing the formal claims above as a last resort.