Today’s winner is Peru Constitutional Tribunal Judge Fernando Calle. He gets the award for the following–
The Constitutional Tribunal made the historic ruling in the case of a caretaker in the district of Chorrillos.
Pablo Cayo was given the sack for being intoxicated at work, but his employer has now been ordered to give him his job back.
Fernando Calle, one of the justices at the court, said that although Mr Cayo was drunk, he did not offend or hurt anybody.
The ruling has been attacked by the government for setting a dangerous precedent.
“It’s not a good idea to relax rules at workplaces,” said labour Minister Jorge Villasante.
Celso Becerra, the administrative chief of Chorrillos, a suburb of Lima, also 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?”
However, Mr Calle said the court would not revise its decision.
Senor Becerra raises some very good points. What is an employer to do if a drunken employee can endanger others. Are Peru’s courts going to micromanage the workplace in that country now, saying who is or isn’t too drunk to be fired, or are all inebriated people protected at all times.
There is something seriously wrong with a court if they are this out of touch. I name Peru Constitutional Tribunal Judge Fernando Calle today’s Knucklehead of the Day.