Work-related injuries don’t necessarily have to happen at the workplace or even during working hours. Still, to be considered work-related, they should definitely have some demonstrable connection to one’s employment.
Celia Yevenes works for Insight Vision Care and claims to have been injured by a fellow employee, Phatecia Wilson, but the alleged injury did not occur on company premises. It happened at a social function hosted by their employer.
Under those circumstances, you might not be able to call it work-related, but you could call it twerk-related. That’s because Yevenes claims to have been injured when Wilson started twerking at the party and accidentally knocked her down.
You’d think that someone working for an optometrist would have a pair of eyeglasses or contacts and be able to see where she’s going, but Wilson apparently got carried away while twerking and “slammed into the plaintiff’s person in the process.” Said plaintiff (i.e., Yevenes) was “thrown to the ground,” injuring her leg and knee.
Seeking compensation for her injuries, Yevenes has filed suit in Harris County District Court. Taking legal action seems kind of extreme. After all, it was an accident. Wilson surely didn’t mean to bump into her and knock her down. Why should she be held legally and financially responsible?
Ah, but Yevenes isn’t blaming Wilson. She’s not suing the twerkinator, the person who knocked her down. No, she’s suing her employer, Insight Vision Care.
Why is she going after her employer? Does she really believe that a company is responsible for whatever injuries are incurred when one employee accidentally bumps into another, whether it happens on company premises or not?
What could possibly be her motivation for targeting Insight Vision Care? Could it be that Yevenes has excellent vision and can see where the money might be. Wilson may not have deep pockets, in which case suing her would be pointless.
One thing’s clear: Wilson should quit twerking and get Yevenes to teach her the hustle.