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German court: teacher’s beer tent fall job-related

February 12, 2014

BERLIN (AP) — A German teacher has won a case for work-related injury she suffered when she fell off a bench while dancing in a beer tent on a school trip.

The unnamed teacher was visiting a beer fest with pupils two years ago when the bench toppled and the woman suffered back injuries that kept her off work for a month.

A regional court in Stuttgart sided with the teacher against her employer, the southwestern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, which claimed what she did was not part of her job.

In a statement Wednesday the court argued that it was “normal and socially appropriate” for beer tent visitors to dance on the benches and the teacher would have unduly distanced herself from her students if she had refused to participate.