The social welfare officer that committed suicide apparently suffered from insomnia and weight loss and his colleagues noted that he was not doing well. He asked to be relocated but did not receive a response. In June 2010, he committed suicide after receiving notice that he would be laid off. Photo: Matts Nylander/Sveriges Radio

Managers guilty of driving employee to suicide

Two managers at the social services in the Krokom municipality in northern Sweden have been found guilty of causing a social welfare officer's death by failing to address issues in the work environment that allegedly drove the man to suicide. The local government stated after the verdict that they still had faith in the two managers, but changed their decision after staff at the social services office broke down in tears when they heard the managers might stay.

The day after the verdict last week the local government told the staff that the convicted managers would keep their positions.

"That meeting drained us more than the trial," says Helene Wikner chair of the union Vision in Krokom to Swedish Radio. Wikner says that people started crying when they got the news and that it sparked outrage in the office.

The local government finally changed their decision Friday evening and explained that the two managers have to leave their positions. One of the two convicts, the former director of social services in the region, says he has only left his job temporarily and has appealed the district court's ruling.

The social welfare officer that committed suicide apparently suffered from insomnia and weight loss and his colleagues noted that he was not doing well. He asked to be relocated but did not receive a response. In June 2010, he committed suicide after receiving notice that he would be laid off.

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