This happened at 11pm at night through their own personal actions, not whilst 'on the clock' so to speak. It was her choice to call her friend, go out for dinner, come back and have rough $ex, regardless of where she was. They have admitted the light could have been damaged by them anyway, so that's why I have an issue with this particular claim.
Some ppl have argued that she was away for work, wouldn't have happened if not away etc - this is very true. But these resulted from her personal choices, not work related at all. My opinion would be the same if she was out dancing and fell over, this isn't about the $ex for me, its that I view this as her personal time and choices so why should her company be liable? She couldn't if it happened in her own home, so why do so when in a hotel? night time is private time IMO (unless at an evening work function of course).
I don't know, maybe I'm a minority and have too much respect or am too soft on my employer!! But I would never consider them responsible for paying for an injury resulting in my own personal time and actions. Anyway....thanks for your thoughts everyone, it's good to see both sides
I dont know what kind of person she must be to want to air this type of thing in public anyway! Wouldn't you just deal with it yourself? I would. Would have loved to been a fly on the wall at her initial discussion with her employer.
People are not happy about the lines between work and home life being blurred apart from when it suits them. If you were answering a work email on your blackberry at home and walked into a wall and hurt yourself would you be covered? No. Although frankly after this case who knows.
It's like that ridiculous claim from the Telstra woman who hurt herself falling down stairs while wearing socks while working from home. She shouldn't have been wearing socks. And the only people who suffer are employees. My company and several others I know of are MUCH more reluctant to grant working from home requests now because of frivolous claims like this.
People need to learn to take responsibility for their own actions and get out of this ridiculous entitlement-focused mentality which we are seeing more and more often.
Anyway... Rant over. Sorry if my opinion annoys some, but this is directly applicable to my working life so my views may be stronger than others.
If she cut herself shaving would that go on workers comp? If she got food poisoning would you get comp? If she fell pregnant would she hit her work up for costs? After all it was a business related trip.
Just silly stuff.
I don't know. the workplace is probably infringing more on the home life than it did previously, so it seems appropriate that the workcover boundaries are widened. I do agree that an unfortunate side effect is that employers may be loath to grant work from home arrangements, which is something particularly desirable for women returning to the workplace, as they really need to now inspect the home workplace, ensure it is safe, and set guidelines, which will just be too much trouble for a lot of employers, I imagine.
I do think people are more outraged about this case due to a certain moral digust, which is unwarranted. It seems she is expected to be ashamed of herself for having casual sex.
That's funny because I work with an Industrial Officer who deals with this kind of thing on a daily basis and he doesn't see the issue, he just thinks it's ridiculous that there has been this uproar because she was having intercourse at the time.
She was away. On a WORK trip. She was injured.
This is what happens when somebody is on a work trip and they are injured. The media are just turning it into a circus because it was a woman having s3x. She could have simply sat on the bed and the light could have fallen on her and the claim would be exactly the same.
I also find it incredibly sad that a 'professional' who deals with WorkCover claims would question what 'kind' of person would use her right to make a claim for an injury that occured while on a work trip
If a *fixed* fitting light a light fell on me in a motel, I would take it further. If it happened during a business trip, and affected my ability to work, I would claim workers comp. That's what it's there for! Light bulbs should not come down. She was only in that motel because of work, and was not doing anything like playing ball games that could damage lights.
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