A woman has accused her former employer of discriminating against her medical condition.
During an employment tribunal in Liverpool, Lynne Francis claimed that her severe asthma - a condition which causes the airways of the lungs to become inflamed and swollen - was brought on by the stress of meeting impossible workloads.
She said that while performing her role at the criminal casework department of the Liverpool base of the Home Office, she was expected to manage 30 cases involving foreign criminals at any one time, the Liverpool Daily Post reports.
The 59-year-old said the pressure of this made a manageable health condition spiral out of control.
She suffered a panic attack and went on to long-term sick leave in March 2007.
Ms Francis said: "It was the stress that I was feeling about the release dates of these criminals that made the job so difficult."
The employment tribunal remains ongoing.