(ADVENTIST REVIEW) — A Seventh-day Adventist traffic police officer in Costa Rica has won a landmark court ruling that exempts him from working on Sabbath.
Paul Rivera Nuñez, a traffic police officer in Cartago, a city of 156,000 people located about 16 miles (25 kilometers) east of the capital, San José, was notified by his superiors in April that he had to start working on Saturdays.
He had served on the traffic police force without any Sabbath issues for two years.
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Rivera filed a request with the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, which oversees the traffic police force, to adjust his work schedule to accommodate his religious beliefs.
A few weeks later, however, Rivera received notification from the ministry’s local branch that he would be fired if he refused to work on Saturdays after May 11.