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Sep 23, 2013

HFN Represents Israel Electric Company in Successful Dismissal of Two Employment Lawsuits

The Regional Labor Court rejected two lawsuits which were filed by two ex-employees of the Israel Electric Company (the "Company"). The employment of the ex-employees with the Company was terminated due to the Company's suspicions that the ex-employees had performed criminal offenses and their disobedience with regard to the Company's disciplinary regulations.

In the first case, the employee was suspected of involvement of stealing valuable equipment from the Company's warehouse. The employee claimed that since his involvement was never proved, his dismissal, after 22 years of employment, was void. The Regional Labor Court rejected his lawsuit and ruled that the Company's suspicions regarding the employee were justified, and that his termination procedure was according to law. (LD 45693-10-10 Motti Sharvit v. Israel Electric Corp., August 11, 2013).

In the second case, the employee, who was dismissed based on the suspicions that he was performing private jobs during working hours, requested an injunction which would prevent his dismissal after 29 years of employment with the Company. The Employee alleged that such suspicions, which resulted in his dismissal, were baseless. The Regional Labor Court rejected his request, approved the Company's decision, and ruled that the Company was correct in its termination decision. (LD 52652-04-13 Meir Elbaz v. Israel Electric Corp., August 19, 2013).

In both lawsuits the Company was represented by partner Chagai Vered and Nir Gal from the Labour & Employment Law department.