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By John M Grohol PsyD

In Australia, David Jones’ publicist Kristy Fraser-Kirk is suing the company she works for and its former CEO Mark McInnes for sexual harassment. David Jones is sort of like Macy’s, except it’s based in Australia.

According to news reports, Ms. Fraser-Kirk, 27, is suing David Jones, Mark McInnes and nine directors of the company. She is seeking compensation for a number of different claims, including breach of contract, as well as punitive damages of $37 million. Not exactly chump change. But then again, maybe that’s what it takes to send a clear message about how sexual harassment will not be tolerated in the modern workplace.

But due to the publicity surrounding the case in Australia, she’s now making a new novel claim — that the publicity has led to an “adjustment disorder.” So what is an adjustment disorder? How might it impact Fraser-Kirk’s case??

An adjustment disorder is simply the clinical label given to a mental health concern that is so new in an individual that it doesn’t quite rise to the level of a full-blown mental disorder like depression or generalized anxiety.

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/09/29/fraser-kirk-and-adjustment-disorders/



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