Sex worker forced to pay Moranbah motel's legal bill

A SEX worker, who unsuccessfully sought damages from a Moranbah motel for discrimination, has been ordered to pay the Central Queensland accommodator's legal bill.

The Gold Coast-based sex worker, referred to in court documents only as "GK", stayed at the Drovers Rest Motel regularly up until June, 2010.

Unbeknown to the owners, the sex worker was servicing clients in the motel.

When the owner discovered the business, she told GK on check-out she would have to stay elsewhere next time she visited the mining town.

GK sought $30,000 in damages in 2011 for humiliation, economic loss and stress suffered from the motel rejection.

She claimed the hotel discriminated against her because of her chosen profession, but the motel, under the name Dovedeen Pty Ld, argued it just did not want sex work occurring in the facility.

The Anti-Discrimination Commission referred the complaint to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

QCAT dismissed the application for damages but last year found the motel did contravene the Anti-Discrimination Act by banning the prostitute.

The case took another turn when the Court of Appeal set aside the decision in May.

In a separate Court of Appeal judgment handed down on Friday19/7, GK was ordered to pay the Moranbah motel's legal costs, which were not disclosed.

The Court of Appeal also granted GK an indemnity certificate for the appeal action.

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