When 36-year-old Ana Catarian Bezerra was caught masturbating at work, she didn’t get fired. She took her employers to court and won the right not only to masturbate during working hours, but also to watch porn on her work computer.
In an unprecedented employment law case in Brazil recently, judges ruled that Ana, an accountant and mother of three, was legally entitled to a 15-minute break every two hours in which she could ‘relieve’ herself.
Ana claimed that she suffers from a rare chemical imbalance which causes anxiety and hypertension and the irrepressible urge to masturbate.
She said: “I got so bad I would to masturbate up to 47 times a day.
“That’s when I asked for help, I knew it wasn’t normal.”
Ana’s doctor Carlos Howert gave evidence during the case supporting Ana’s claims. He has prescribed her a ‘cocktail’ of tranquilisers to ease her condition and now she only needs to masturbate 18 times a day.
Experts in employment law are dubious that such a case would be successful outside Brazil. In the UK, if such a case came up, judges would “have to take into account the other employees’ privacy rights … and the risk [of] sexual harassment”.
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