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'Enviable dancer' on sick leave caught out by Spanish court

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'Enviable dancer' on sick leave caught out by Spanish court
The woman decided to sue her boss for damages. Photo: Deposit Photos
12:28 CEST+02:00
A Spanish waitress suing her boss for sacking her while on leave with a back injury has been left red in the face after an incriminating video of her dancing emerged.

In the latest case to prove how careful employees should be with preying eyes and social media, a woman in the southern region of Murcia has lost her plea to get her job back.

The waitress was on sick leave for allegedly suffering muscle spasms in her back as well as pelvic inflammation.

But while she was temporarily relieved of her duties, she was seen strutting her stuff with ease at a local nightclub in the town of Torre Pacheco, where the waitress was a regular, Spanish news agency EFE reported.

A witness who was a friend of the woman’s boss alerted him to her apparently miraculous physical recovery, which led to her sacking.

Not content with the news, the former waitress decided to present a claim at Murcia’s High Court asking for damages for what she claimed was wrongful dismissal.

What she hadn’t expected was that on one of the several occasions where the off-duty waitress had hit the dance floor, the witness pulled out his mobile phone and filmed her.

This evidence was presented to the judges who said it was clear that the woman “was dancing with enviable agility”, with fast hip movements similar to those performed by Colombia pop star Shakira, that suggested she had recovered or never had any injuries at all.

The man who filmed her was a witness in the court, telling judges that on earlier occasion he had seen her perform even more difficult hip movements.

“She’s broken the essential rules of her contract by not acting in good faith and mutual confidence with her employer,” the court heard.

“The plaintiff is seen moving in the video with complete normality, proving that she had recovered from her ailments.”

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