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Compo shagger wins big in the Federal court

By johnboy - 19 April 2012 30

For some years we’ve thrilled to the tales of the public servant who pulled a local while on a work trip to the country and monstered the hotel room fittings to the point a light came down on her face leading to a Comcare claim.

Comcare said no, the AAT said no, but five years later the Federal Court has said yes according to the SMH.

During the hearing, the woman’s barrister, Leo Grey, said sex was “an ordinary incident of life” commonly undertaken in a motel room at night, just like sleeping or showering.

I’m also curious as to which government agency has a “human relations section”?

The woman, aged in her late 30s, was employed in the human relations section of a Commonwealth government agency.

I mean really, what were they expecting?

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Compo shagger wins big in the Federal court
Listers_Cat 7:15 pm 19 Apr 12

TheGingerNinja said :

the shag heard round the world? seriously though, how you can get a pay out for your own actions, that resulted in said injuries is ridiculous, does this mean i can get compo for pouring hot coffee on myself?

If she had been playing cards and got injured she would have been eligible for compensation. Why not for having sex? Its not like she deliberately hurt herself.

As far as I’m concerned, the only reason her claim was originally denied was prudery.

Martlark 6:59 pm 19 Apr 12

TheGingerNinja said :

… does this mean i can get compo for pouring hot coffee on myself?

If you could get it when at the office, you can get it when required to be working out of the office. As the judge said if she was sitting playing cards and got injured then there would have been no issues, the fact she was having sex does not change her entitlement to compo. It just makes the case a bit lurid.

dtc 6:46 pm 19 Apr 12

Velveteen Rabbit said :

johnboy said :

So what agency has a human relations section?

I imagine said section was swiftly renamed or morphed into the generic-sounding ‘Human Resources’ area.

Seriously wtf. I wonder how much she got, and how much of that she will end up with after ‘contributory negligence’ and legal fees have been factored in.

I believe someone sued Maccas in the US for spilling hot coffee on themselves, claiming that Maccas should have known that the temperature of said coffee was likely to cause personal injury should some numpty spill it, and therefore were negligent by making their coffee too hot.

Firstly, its Comcare not negligence so completely different. Its a workers comp claim, presumably the argument was whether she was injured during work (being on a work trip) or whether her activities took her behaviour outside of what you would expect as an employer sending her on a work trip.

Secondly, if you do some research on the Mcdonalds case, you will understand why the injured person received compo. In short, serving someone coffee so hot as to cause very serious burns is probably a bad idea.

Velveteen Rabbit 5:43 pm 19 Apr 12

johnboy said :

So what agency has a human relations section?

I imagine said section was swiftly renamed or morphed into the generic-sounding ‘Human Resources’ area.

Seriously wtf. I wonder how much she got, and how much of that she will end up with after ‘contributory negligence’ and legal fees have been factored in.

I believe someone sued Maccas in the US for spilling hot coffee on themselves, claiming that Maccas should have known that the temperature of said coffee was likely to cause personal injury should some numpty spill it, and therefore were negligent by making their coffee too hot.

TheGingerNinja 5:26 pm 19 Apr 12

the shag heard round the world? seriously though, how you can get a pay out for your own actions, that resulted in said injuries is ridiculous, does this mean i can get compo for pouring hot coffee on myself?

greyswandir 4:47 pm 19 Apr 12

johnboy said :

So what agency has a human relations section?

One of the big ones, I heard.

Apparently they don’t want the publicity. Hahahaha.

greyswandir 4:45 pm 19 Apr 12

Between this and this decision on death benefits it’s been an exciting week in worker’s comp.

Chop71 4:40 pm 19 Apr 12

….. and then one time…… at band camp……

johnboy 4:40 pm 19 Apr 12

So what agency has a human relations section?

PantsMan 4:36 pm 19 Apr 12

Read the Factual Background here: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/FCA/2012/395.html

Graduate Recruitment bandwagon gone wrong?

shirty_bear 3:49 pm 19 Apr 12

sarahsarah said :

Even now I still find the partner’s comments about their activities frickin’ hilarious.

Go hard or go home, champ.

carnardly 3:43 pm 19 Apr 12

Imagine walking out on the morning after with 2 black eyes, or glass cuts or whever her injury was and explaining that one to the colleague…

i cut myself shaving? Or we were going so hard the sky fell in.

p1 3:32 pm 19 Apr 12

Can’t give someone a job in human relations and not expect them to have relations with humans.

sarahsarah 3:29 pm 19 Apr 12

Even now I still find the partner’s comments about their activities frickin’ hilarious.

c_c 3:03 pm 19 Apr 12

Oh JB surely you know why they have a “Human Relations” section of this mysterious unnamed “government agency.”

She was obviously working for a secret government agency the monitors and investigates extraterrestrial activity. Obviously a martian landed and she was in charge of learning the differences between them and us. Government cover up and conspiracy, I knew it from the start.

Woman probably in cahoots with the saucer people and the law society from the start to stitch this up.

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