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  1. #1 Peru Upholds Groundbreaking Human Rights Ruling: Your Right To Work Drunk! 
    You can't fire me, I'm drunk!

    Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:21pm EST

    LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's top court has ruled that workers cannot be fired for being drunk on the job, a decision that was criticized by the government on Wednesday for setting a dangerous precedent.

    The Constitutional Tribunal ordered that Pablo Cayo be given his job back as a janitor for the municipality of Chorrillos, which fired him for being intoxicated at work.

    The firing was excessive because even though Cayo was drunk, he did not offend or hurt anybody, Fernando Calle, one of the justices, said on Wednesday.

    Calle said the court would not revise its decision, despite complaints from the government.

    "It's not a good idea to relax rules at workplaces," said Labor Minister Jorge Villasante.

    Celso Becerra, the administrative chief of Chorrillos, a suburb of Lima, denounced the ruling.

    "We've fired four workers for showing up drunk, and two of them were drivers," he said. "How can we allow a drunk to work who might run somebody over?"
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    Missed this gem:
    even though Cayo was drunk, he did not offend or hurt anybody
    So you can't be fired for being drunk, but you can be fired for offending someone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biccat View Post
    Missed this gem:

    So you can't be fired for being drunk, but you can be fired for offending someone.
    But if you're really drunk would you even remember offending anyone? Sounds like a potential ADA accommodation to me. :p
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    AH socialism! :PUKE:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    But if you're really drunk would you even remember offending anyone? Sounds like a potential ADA accommodation to me. :p
    Depends on how drunk.

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    I don't see the big deal. Teddy Kennedy goes to work drunk all of the time... :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    I don't see the big deal. Teddy Kennedy goes to work drunk all of the time... :D
    touche!
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