5 of The Most Obscure Labor Laws in The World


Drinking on the Job in Peru

While it stopped short of declaring a right to be drunk at work, Peru’s highest court ruled in January 2009 that a municipal janitor in a suburb of Lima who was fired for allegedly being drunk on the job, should be reinstated. The decision generated criticism from Peru’s prime minister and labor minister, who complained that a bad precedent would be set. In the court’s estimation, the firing was excessive since, as one justice explained, although the employee was apparently drunk, he did not hurt or offend anybody.

Monkeys Working as Part-Time Waiters in Japan

Monkeys working in bars and restaurants in Japan – presumably a small employment sector – are limited to working two hours per day under Japanese animal rights regulations. Some of the servers at the Kayabukiya Tavern north of Tokyo are in this protected class; the traditional “sake house” restaurant employs two Macaque Monkeys as servers. The animals are pets of the tavern’s owner, and they are compensated partly by tips from customers in the form of boiled soya beans.

Robbery as a “Normal Working Condition” in Pennsylvania

If you work in a liquor store in Pennsylvania, being a victim of an armed robbery is – for the purposes of workers’ compensation claims for psychological injury – part of your normal job routine. That is what a state appellate court ruled in September 2011. After an armed robbery of the liquor store in which he worked, a claimant was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. The court denied the claim since the injury did not come from “abnormal working conditions” – because store robberies were common in the neighborhood. During the robbery, the claimant had a gun pointed at his head while he was duct-taped to a chair.

Germany’s Bra Rule

Among the powers which attend being a boss in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany is the authority to require your female employees to wear bras at work. Such was the ruling of the State Labor Court in January 2011, in a case about employee appearance standards. The rule “does not impinge on personal rights” the court found.

Recruiting Wolf-Boys in the United Kingdom

When hiring a “wolf-boy” in the United Kingdom, you must comply with the same rules that govern more conventional occupations. An ad on the government job-search website on January 3, 2013 seeks a “Wolf Boy/Girl.” A circus had found an applicant from Mexico who met their unique requirements – someone with hypertrichosis- associated facial hair all over his face who also possesses circus skills – but they had to post the job opening in case there were any applicants from the UK who qualified.