Ex-UNI employee loses bid for injury benefits

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A former University of Northern Iowa music instructor has lost a lengthy legal fight to obtain benefits for mental health injuries that she blames on mistreatment by colleagues.

The Iowa Supreme Court said Monday it would not review lower court decisions that denied workers’ compensation benefits to Linda Sharp.

A state commissioner ruled in 2011 that Sharp’s work environment at the now-closed Malcolm Price Laboratory School at UNI was stressful, in part because one of her bosses had an authoritarian style that caused conflict. But he said that Sharp failed to prove that her injuries were directly caused by the environment.

Sharp resigned her employment in 2010 as part of a legal settlement in which she received $210,000 in cash and several years of health benefits.

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