It ‘pays’ to have sex whilst working
A public servant has been awarded compensation for injuries received while having sex on a work trip.
A Federal Government employee today received compensation for injuries she sustained while having sex during an overnight business trip in 2007.
The NSW woman was injured when a glass light fitting fell from above the bed of her motel room while she was having sex with a male companion.
The incident resulted in facial and psychological injuries, but the woman was denied Worker’s Compensation from the federal government workplace safety body ComCare. Her claim was denied on the grounds that the woman was injured while engaging in a “recreational activity” not induced or encouraged by her employer.
However, an appeal to the Federal Court against the decision was won today, and compensation granted to the former human relations employee.
“If the applicant had been injured while playing a game of cards in her motel room she would be entitled to compensation even though it could not be said that her employer induced or encouraged her to engage in such an activity,” presiding Justice John Nicholas, told the court.
Recreational activity or not, the woman was found entitled to compensation for her injuries and her employer has been ordered to pay her legal fees.
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