Court Backs Port in Fight Against Nepotism

The fight against the nepotism riddling Ashdod Port reached a new level last week, when the courts refused to reinstate a worker fired for concealing family connections at the government company.

The Be'er Sheva Labor Tribunal rejected the motion by Yaniv Dahan, who neglected to divulge that his uncle works at the port when he was hired, despite being asked specifically whether he had any kinfolk at the company.

Dahan had been hired through an external tender in December 2007. He did declare that his brother and father work at the port, but didn't mention his mother's brother.

When the port management later learned that Dahan had forgotten about his uncle, he was fired. He argued that his nondisclosure had been inadvertent and in good faith, but management was firm.

Dahan sued, arguing that his dismissal had been disproportionate to his offense, and was unreasonable. Management shot back that his dismissal reflected the policy against nepotism, a policy backed by the Supreme Court.

Judge Moshe Tuina ruled that if the port hadn't fired Dahan, it would have been tantamount to favoritism: other candidates for the job might have been ruled out because of their family ties.