Employer pays compensation to woman injured during sex on business trip
THE Australian Federal Court says the woman who injured herself during sex on a business trip is entitled to compensation. Because she was away from home, and thus on work time, when the accident occurred the injury was down to her employer’s neglect.
Whilst having sex in a New South Wales motel with a man (not a work colleague), a glass light fitting above the bed was pulled off its mount and fell onto her face. The fitting injured her nose and mouth. It badly affected the woman. She was anxious and unable to work.
The woman’s layers said the sex was “commonly undertaken in a motel room at night – namely, lawful sexual activity”. They said that sex at work was no different from being hurt while “carrying out other recreational activities”.
The judges ruled:
“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. In the absence of any misconduct, or an intentionally self-inflicted injury, the fact that the applicant was engaged in sexual activity rather than some other lawful recreational activity while in her motel room does not lead to any different result.”
So. If a colleague invites you to play cards, make sure you check the fixtures and fittings are up to it. Then adopt your Poker Face…