Employee Hurt During Sex Won't Get Workers' Comp

Case reached Australia's highest court
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2013 5:04 PM CDT
Employee Hurt During Sex Won't Get Workers' Comp

In the just-so-you-know department: Getting injured while having sex on a business trip does not qualify you for workers' comp benefits. Or at least that's how things roll in Australia, where a crazy case managed to reach the nation's highest court, reports Bloomberg. It started in 2007, when a 30-something woman got hit in the face by a falling light fixture during a moment of passion with her lover in a motel room. Because her employer had booked the room, she filed for benefits and set off the legal fight.

Though a federal court ruled in her favor, Australia's High Court decreed today that the woman is out of luck, reports the Australian. “The relevant question is: Did the employer induce or encourage the employee to engage in that activity?" said the court decision. “The majority held that the answer to that question was 'no.'" The woman needed treatment at the hospital for injuries to her face, notes ABC of Australia, and she also claimed post-traumatic stress disorder. (More Australia stories.)

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