The High Court of Australia has ruled that a public servant who injured herself while having sex “on the job” is not eligible for compensation. The woman was injured when a motel light fixture fell on her and a male colleague mid-coitus. While originally winning the case, the decision was overturned on the grounds that the woman’s injuries were not caused in the course of her employment. In other words, if you manage to get lucky during a work trip, you might want to keep the gymnastic horseplay to a minimum.
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The case of the amorous Federal Government employee and the loose light fitting first made headlines in 2011. The incident took place in a rural New South Wales motel room booked by the claimant’s employer. The woman lodged a compensation claim after the light above her bed was dislodged during (presumably very vigorous) sex with a co-worker.
Although the claim was initially accepted, the Government’s workplace safety body later revoked the decision. The woman, who suffered face, teeth and nose injuries during her romp, went on to lodge a series of appeals, culminating in today’s verdict. The High Court ruled that her employer was not liable as the incident occurred after hours.
According to a statement from her colleague-cum-lover, it was unclear whether the light had been bumped during sex or simply fell off.
“I think she was on her back when it happened but I was not paying attention because we were rolling around,” he added.
We have mixed feelings about this verdict. On the one hand, it seems needlessly churlish to deny someone compensation simply because nooky was involved — would they have made the same decision if she had fallen in the motel shower or been involved in a car accident on the way back home? Both could be technically classed as “after hours” but we doubt many employers would overturn such a claim.
On the other hand, should public servants really be having this much fun on a business trip funded by tax payers? If you’re up all night having appliance-rattling sex, your mind probably isn’t where it should be.
Do you think the High Court was fair in its ruling? Or should employees be protected from any-and-all injuries while travelling for work? Share your own thoughts in the comments section below!
[Via ABC News]