A former bank teller at the Westpac bank in New Zealand has alleged that she developed health problems after handling loads of banknotes and wants the bank to take responsibility of her losing the job.
Stephanie Connell used to work as a teller at the bank but was shifted to counting notes in the vault. Connell said that soon after the change in job, she developed a number of health problems including chronic anxiety, nausea, depression and breathing problem.
Connell initially assumed that the symptoms were related to asthma, but when medication did not work she alleged that it was due to the plastic used on the bank notes and also from the dust that came off when she ran $20 bills through the cash counter.
Connell's view is also backed up by her GP, Dr Ted Pearson, who said, "I believe that the symptoms and harm suffered by Stephanie were the direct result of her exposure to dust and fumes whilst handling money, not from any other non-work activities or environments."
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