Booze and drugs not enough to warrant dismissal

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.

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