The Right to be Elected to Workers’ Committees

Our firm represented a medical school faculty professor who served as chairman of the workers’ committee. Our client's right to be a candidate for re-election had been denied on grounds that his professional position created a conflict of interest.

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Our firm represented a medical school faculty professor who served as chairman of the workers’ committee in the hospital in which he worked. Our client’s right to be a candidate for re-election had been denied by the Israeli Medical Association on grounds that his professional position created a conflict of interest. The Labor Court’s decision in this case analyzed the basic principle consisting of the right to vote and to be elected. The Labor Court overturned the decision of the Israeli Medical Association and accepted our claims regarding the importance of the right to be elected, the exceptional nature of the cases in which this right may be denied and the express manner, which is required if this basic right is to be denied. Following the Labor Court’s ruling, our client ran in the elections for the Doctors’ Committee at the hospital and was elected chairman of the commitee by a majority of the votes.
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