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Australian woman injured during sex while on work trip wins compensation


An Australian court has ruled that a woman hurt when a light fitting fell on her during sex in a motel is entitled to compensation.


Cameron Spencer

An Australian woman hurt while having sex on an overnight work trip has had her claim for compensation by her employer upheld by a court. 

The government employee, who has not been identified, had dinner with a man and then invited him back to her motel room in Nowra, a town 100 miles south of Sydney, where they had sex, according to reports of proceedings in the Australian Federal Court.

During the act, a glass light fixture came crashing down on the woman's face from the wall above the bed, Australia’s Daily Telegraph reported.

The light injured her nose, mouth and a tooth, and caused "a consequent psychiatric injury" described as an adjustment disorder.

The woman’s lawyer had argued that she was entitled to the same compensation from ComCare — the workplace insurer — as someone who slipped in the shower.

According to the Guardian, the motel room was arranged and paid for by the Australian government agency for which she worked.

ComCare argued that while workers had to sleep, eat and attend to other personal needs, they did not "need to have sex."

The Australian Federal Court ruled that while away on business, it did not matter whether she spent her time having sex or "playing a game of cards," the Sunday Times wrote.

She was still, in effect, at work and should receive compensation for her injuries.