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An Australian court has ruled that a bureaucrat who was injured while having
sex on a business trip is eligible for workers' compensation benefits.
The Full Bench of the Federal Court ruled Dec. 13 in favor of the woman, who
cannot be identified for legal reasons, and rejecting the appeal of the federal
government's insurer, ending a five-year legal battle.
The woman was hospitalized after being injured in 2007 during sex with a
male friend while staying in a motel in the town of Nowra,
100 miles south of her hometown of Sydney.
During the sex, a glass light fitting was torn from its mount above the bed
and landed on her face, injuring her nose and mouth. She later suffered
depression and was unable to continue working for the government.
Her claim for workers' compensation for her physical and psychological
injuries was initially approved by government insurer Comcare, then rejected
after further investigation.
An administrative tribunal agreed with Comcare that her injuries were not
suffered in the course of her employment, saying the government had not induced
or encouraged the woman's sexual conduct. The tribunal also found the sex was
"not an ordinary incident of an overnight stay" such as showering,
sleeping and eating.
That ruling was overturned in the Federal Court in 2012, when Judge John
Nicholas rejected the tribunal's findings that the sex had to be condoned by
the government if she were to qualify for compensation.
"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 her to engage in such activity," Nicholas
wrote in his judgment in favor of the woman receiving compensation.
In the Full Bench decision upholding Nicholas' decision, Judges Patrick
Keane, Robert Buchanan and Mordy Bromberg agreed last week that the
government's views on the woman having sex in her motel room were irrelevant.
"No approval, express or implied, of the respondent's conduct was
required," they said.
It is not yet clear how much compensation the woman will be paid.
Comcare was on Monday considering an appeal to the High Court, Australia's
highest legal authority, Comcare spokesman Russ Street said.
"The issue is a significant one," Street said in a statement.
"Workers need to be clear about their entitlements and employers should
have an understanding of their responsibilities and how to support their
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