A water utility company in Cadiz, Spain, realised that one of their employees had called in sick 6 years ago and had been absent ever since!
The discovery happened while the company was considering Joaquin Garcia for a loyal-service award. Joaquin’s absence went unnoticed for over 6 years even though he still received NZ$62,900 each year in pay.
The company says that they believed Joaquin had transferred back to the city hall to work.
Mr Garcia has been ordered to pay $52,000 in compensation but he has responded by filing a complaint saying that it was his boss’ fault for failing to notice that he was not at work.
He also says that he visited his office but that there was nothing for him to do and that he was also bullied at work.
What do you think? Should Joaquin need to repay the money?