In September 1999 a High School teacher was awarded £47,000 from her employer, the local authority, for the stress she suffered. The out-of-court settlement is believed to be the first proven case of stress involving teachers. The teacher, Muriel Benson, was supported in her action by the National Union of Teachers, which is currently supporting up to 100 other teachers in their actions against their employers. The union argued that as a result of this settlement, teacher stress was proven to be an occupational health hazard.