Can you imagine getting paid at your job if you skip office to take care of your family or loved ones? Yes, probably every boss will grant leave. But, a woman from Italy has won a major battle at an office arguing she deserves to get ‘sick pay’ for two days she had taken to care for her ailing pet. As per BBC report, the woman, an academic from Rome’s La Sapienza University, won the case with the help of lawyers from the Italian Anti-Vivisection League (LAV). A judge went in favour of the woman’s case saying that the university should accept her absence stating “serious or family personal reasons”.
“It is a significant step forward that recognised that animals that are not kept for financial gain or their working ability are effectively members of the family,” Gianluca Felicetti, president of LAV, was quoted by BBC. “Now, those in the same situation will be able to cite this important precedent,” he added. As per BBC, the woman’s lawyers pointed to a provision in Italian law saying that people who abandon an animal to “grave suffering” can be jailed for a year and fined up to €10,000 (£9,000). According to The Sun, the woman took two days off to look after Cucciola, a 12-year-old English setter, after the dog underwent surgery for a breast tumour and a larynx problem. She adopted Cucciola after she found him abandoned in a Rome park.