Injuries Arising Out of or in the Course of Employment? Sportive Acts, Skylarking, and Goosing

Sharlene A. McEvoy



From time immemorial, workers have engaged in prankish activities on the job and some have been injured. Whatever these activities are called—goosing, skylarking, or sportive acts—it is clear from case decisions that workers' compensation is not a fruitful avenue for a favorable resolution of these claims. In some recent cases, common law causes of action for money damages have provided remedies for injured workers.

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