Being absent from work because of alcohol and crack cocaine addictions is not enough to warrant dismissal from a government job in Costa Rica.
The case in point is a teacher at the Colegio Técnico Profesional de Pococí.
The individual, who was not identified in a brief summary of a Sala IV constitutional court decision, appealed a dismissal by the Ministerio de Educación Pública.
The individual argued that he or she had no chance to raise a defense during a civil service dismissal hearings because of the addictions and officials should have provided a chance at rehabilitation.
The individual argued that alcoholism is recognized by the World Health Organization as a mental disease with psychological, social and biological roots. In addition, the individual said, rehabilitation requires a steady job.
The Sala IV bought that argument and told the education ministry that the individual must be put back in the job.