A former Danish pornographic actress has been awarded DKK 320,000 for leaving her job with the Swedish Medicine Agency, where she worked as a consultant on substance abuse.
Swedish daily Expressen reported that the Swedish state had agreed to pay the compensation, but that the actress, Dina Jewel, still felt angry about being fired.
'They got away easy,' she said. 'I have never been treated so badly before.'
The former actress, who has starred in hardcore pornographic films and modeled in magazines such as Playboy and Hustler, has been employed for the last year as a consultant, interviewing medicinal drug abusers.
In April, however, the agency's board received emails with photographs, featuring their employee's former occupation and celebrity status.
She subsequently received a letter from the board asking how much she would settle for in exchange of leaving her position. No mention was made of her previous career.
'I was very upset and did not understand why the wanted to get rid of me,' Jewel said. 'I did not receive any explanation of what I had done wrong. But when I spoke to a woman in the board, I was informed that people had seen my pornographic photographs on the internet.'
The discovery of her previous career caused a scandal in Sweden, and cost the executive who hired her his job. The agency said no one knew which qualifications the employee had to work as an abuse consultant.
Jewel maintained that she had a steady contract with the agency, which later conceded that it had not handled the case appropriately. Jewel received an offer of a DKK 323,000 compensation, which she accepted.
Nevertheless, she said the board's treatment of her had hurt her deeply.
'I did those films seven years ago and have disassociated myself from them since,' she said. 'Shouldn't I get a chance to go on with my life?'