Skip to main content
Please enter a legal issue and/or a location
Begin typing to search, use arrow keys to navigate, use enter to select

Find a Lawyer

More Options

Woman Hurt During Sex on Business Trip Entitled to Worker's Comp

By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on April 20, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Get laid on a work trip, collect worker's comp.

At least if you live in Australia, where a judge has ruled in favor of a government employee. The unnamed woman was on a business trip in 2007 when she decided to get down and dirty in her motel room bed.

A wall-mounted lamp fell on her head. Not as embarrassed as she should have been, she filed a worker's compensation claim.

The state denied the woman's worker's compensation claim, saying her injuries were not acquired during the course of her employment. Judge John Nicholas has now disagreed. He equated motel room sex with "playing a game of cards," according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Earlier, the woman's lawyer compared it to slipping in the shower -- you know, just one of those things that happen in motel rooms.

Judge Nicholas went on to explain that "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." Sex, cards and falling on your face are all within the realm of worker's compensation law.

Well, as long as you comply with that little "motel room" caveat. Worker's comp is unlikely to cover public sex. Or a card game at the local casino.

Now, to the best part. When asked how the lamp fell from the wall, the woman's male friend stated they were "going hard" and that he did not know if they bumped it or if it just fell off. Um, wow.

Related Resources:

You Don’t Have To Solve This on Your Own – Get a Lawyer’s Help

Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.

Or contact an attorney near you:
Copied to clipboard