A mother was brutally murdered by her boyfriend just weeks after she gave birth to her second baby boy because he thought she was stealing his clients and trying to ruin his career as she worked from home.
The New South Wales mum worked for the couple’s joint business, providing financial advice to clients at any time of the day.
The woman, who hasn’t been named for legal reasons, would often take calls in the family’s home office, in the kitchen or while she was breastfeeding her newborn baby.
But her partner became paranoid and believed she was conspiring to steal clients to ruin his career and was spying on him for financial regulators.
He also believed he wasn’t the father of the baby and ordered her to take a lie detector test.
Now, ten years after her death, the NSW Court of Appeal has upheld the decision that the woman’s death was at her workplace and her family should be awarded $450,000 in worker’s compensation, ABC reported.
Her eldest son, who was 14-years-old at the time of her tragic death, said his mother would answer phone calls no matter where she was in the house.
Lawyer John Ryan is representing the two brothers and said their claim had some ‘fairly unique circumstances’ and would have to meet two criteria.
‘It has to be in the course of your employment, and work has to be a substantial contributing factor to the injury,’ he said.
He said it remains difficult to know the outcome of the case due to the different circumstances.
Mr Ryan also warned employers should be aware of the risks as millions of Australians work from home due to COVID-19.
‘It’s obviously, however, going to become more difficult for an employer to do that analysis of the workplace — despite the fact that it is that employer’s obligation,’ he says.
‘Where the employer is asking questions of the employee, particularly in situations of ”are there any people in your orbit at home that could pose a danger to you or expose you to some risk?”
‘I don’t know how comfortable some people will be in disclosing such things to their employer.’