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In the Line of Duty

An Australian government employee was denied worker’s compensation after suffering an injury during a work trip. The claim was denied because the injury occurred during a sexual encounter. According to Leo Gray, the unnamed woman’s lawyer, “It could be that [the woman], in a moment of passion, reached up and grabbed the light fitting, or it could be that the man banged against it.” Either way, the light fitting fell and hit her in the face. Andrew Berger, counsel for the work safety agency Comcare, saw it differently. “If it is a quintessentially private activity it is not fair that taxpayers pay for the consequences of that activity,” he said. “If they wanted to be protected by worker’s compensation they would need to let their employer know” before engaging in the activity. (MS/Australian AP) ...Note to my boss: I plan on some high-risk activity on my next trip. Just thought you’d want to know.
Original Publication Date: 09 January 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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