SC suspends Zambales clerk who says migraines make her late for work

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The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the 30-day suspension of a Zambales clerk for habitual tardiness, disregarding her excuse that she suffered from “frequent migraines and headaches caused by stress.”

In a recent 4-page minute resolution, the SC 1st Division said the justification of Botolan-Cabangan Municipal Circuit Trial Court (MCTC) clerk Erika Clark was “insufficient to absolve her of administrative liability.”

“By being habitually tardy, respondent fell short of the stringent standard of conduct demanded from everyone involved in the administration of justice,” read the resolution signed by Division Clerk of Court Librada Buena.

“It must be emphasized that moral obligations, performance of household chores, traffic problems and health, domestic and financial concerns are not sufficient reasons to excuse habitual tardiness,” it added.

The suspension concerned the Office of the Court Administrator’s (OCA) report that Clark got late to work 17 times in July 2018 and 15 times in August 2018.

The penalty was severe because this was already Clark’s second offense. In a March 27, 2019 minute resolution, the SC 3rd Division reprimanded her for being tardy during the months of April and May 2018. Clark already blamed her migraine and headaches in the said case.

The SC “sternly warned” Clark that “a repetition of the same or similar act will warrant her dismissal from the service.”

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