Woman Hurt During Sex Wins Long Court Battle
Government worker will receive health compensation
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2012 3:59 PM CST
A "Do Not Disturb" sign hangs on a hotel room door.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – At least in Australia, sex on the job is legally part of the job: A woman injured while fooling around on a business trip has won health compensation in federal court, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The government worker, who remains unnamed, was on a work trip south of Sydney when she met with a male friend in a motel booked by her employer. They were having sex when a light fixture fell on her face and injured her nose and mouth. She said depression and anxiety left her unable to work.

Her health insurer, Comcare, denied her compensation because she wasn't actually on the job when the injury occurred. That started a 5-year legal battle in which she lost her first appeal but won the next two—the most recent a federal court ruling handed down last week. Three judges said she deserves compensation because she was hurt during "lawful sexual activity": "If the applicant had been injured while playing a game of cards in her motel room she would be entitled to compensation," they said. Comcare said it is lookng over the judgment and may appeal to a higher court.

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Dec 18, 2012 2:23 PM CST
lol good for her . out of town should be covered .
Dec 18, 2012 4:50 AM CST
I don't get it---I must be dense. In Australia, does the health insurance from your job only protect you while you are on the job? Not during the rest of your day?
Dec 18, 2012 12:46 AM CST
So, what's sex got to do with it? Nothing , it's just a news angle to get us to read the article. I feel so used. Did you get sucked in like I did? Fucking media!