Compo for rooting injury

Oh imagine all the claims coming out of the Labour party offices if you could get away with this here…corners of desks can be sharp, and carpet can leave nasty abrasions.

An Australian public servant injured on a work trip while having sex with an acquaintance at a motel is entitled to compensation, a court has found.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was denied a Workers’ Compensation claim for facial and psychological injuries suffered when a glass light fitting came away from the wall above the bed as she was having sex in November 2007.

She took ComCare, Australia’s federal government workplace safety body, to the Federal Court over its decision to reject her claim.

Today, Justice John Nicholas, ruled in her favour, saying the injuries were suffered in the course of her employment.

The woman’s employer had sent her to spend the night at a NSW rural motel before a departmental meeting the next day.

During the hearing, the woman’s barrister, Leo Grey, said sex was “an ordinary incident of life” commonly undertaken in a motel room at night, just like sleeping or showering.

Grey referred to previous cases, including when compensation was granted to a worker who slipped in the shower at a hotel.


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  • Pokerface

    Oh, for F**k’s Sake!!!  What next?  Does everyone want something for nothing?  Might just slit my wrists :(

    • Duncan Brown

      And then claim compensation

  • johnbronkhorst

    “An Australian public servant….”…..while having sex with an acquaintance…”…”….The womans employer had sent her to spend the night at NSW rural motel…”…SSSOOO, in Australia, prostitution is  a public service….funded by the govt./taxpayer??? Or was this just a practical, viability investigation, into prostitution???…Please help me to understand!!

  • Random66

    Just as well she didn’t get pregnant or she might have been asking Workers Compensation to pick up the tab for that as well.

  • Callum

    You do realise ACC already covers these type of injuries and in NZ it would not have ended up in court? The main difference is who would have to fund it, here it would come out of the earner levies but in Oz she may not have had medical insurance or not wanted to claim for something she though should be covered by the employers insurance.

  • Cadwallader

    For Fuck’s Sake!!!!

  • ConwayCaptain

    There was a RN court martial.  An Officer was found running round naked chasing an attractive WREN officer also naked and they ran round a corner and ran into a SENIOR naval officer and wife.

    The RN Officer was charged with :conduct unbecoming and not wearing a proper uniform”

    The JAG defending said that in QR and AI it states quite categorically ath an officer “shall dress according to whatever activity he/she is taking part in at the time” or words to that effect.

    The JAG said that what he was weraing or not was appropriate dress for the activity he was partaking at the time.

    he also got off with “conduct unbecoming” as he didint run into the Senior NO intentionally.

  • Blokeintakapuna

    Wasn’t it the Labour governemnt that awarded a prisoner over $100K in compo because they broke a bone trying to escape prison?

  • My guess he’s sprained his old fella??

  • Ronnie Chow

    Sex is a sport , no ?

  • DJ

    Must have been a hell of a root to make the light fitting fall off the wall. Surprised there hasn’t been a spate of loss of hearing claims from other patrons at the motel.

  • MarcWills

    Don’t worry, ACC would have classed sex between adults as “degenerative disease”. Simple, problem solved and no compo.

  • Butts_McButts

    So can you take your employers to court in Oz if they don’t provide you with sexual relief while you’re travelling on business?