An Australian woman who was injured in 2007 while having sex during a business trip has been awarded worker’s compensation.
The woman, a human resources employee in a government agency, was having sex with a male friend in her motel room when a lighting fixture fell off the wall and and injured her nose and mouth, according to The Daily Telegraph in Sydney.
In a statement, the male friend said that they were “going hard” and he did not know if they bumped the light or it just fell off.
“I think she was on her back when it happened but I was not paying attention because we [were] rolling around,” said the man, according to the Aussie News Limited wire service.
The woman sued for compensation, saying that since her employer reserved and paid for the room, the injury happened “during the course of her employment.”
Federal Court Justice John Nicholas overruled his original decision, and concluded that “if the applicant had been injured while playing a game of cards in her motel room she would be entitled to compensation.”
“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.”