A Tel Aviv cafe will have to pay 35,000 shekels ($9,300 US) to a man whose was refused work because he is an Arab.
The plaintiff, Omri Kis, applied to work at Café Café in the Tel Aviv Port two years ago. He was hired and began training. It was not until the end of his first shift that his employer learned that he was an Arab, and he was quickly fired. The manager explained that the Rabbinate requires only Jewish employees to prepare food in order for a restaurant to keep its kosher certification.
Judge Keren Cohen awarded Kis 30,000 shekels ($8,000 US) in damages and another 5,000 shekels ($1,300 US) for legal fees.
Kis has filed over 20 lawsuits in which he claimed discrimination. Last December he sued the Hangar 17 club for 30,000 shekels after a hostess refused to allow him to enter.
Café Al Hayam Ltd., which owns the Café Café chain, pointed out Kis's long history with court cases. Judge Cohen acknowledged the fact, but said that it has no bearing on the current case.
Commissioner Tziona Koenig-Yair stated, “Even though the severe phenomenon of discrimination against the Arab population exists in the labor market, it does not feature sufficiently in the verdicts of the labor courts. This shows the great importance of a verdict carrying a clear message to employees who are discriminated against — that the doors of the labor courts are open to every one of them.”