The Tel Aviv Labor Court on Sunday granted a Sephardi man NIS 50,000 for being
discriminated against for a job by the head of paramedics at Israel Aerospace
When Gil Ron Brown, the head of paramedics, received Mishel
Malcha’s resumé, he took one look at the piece of paper and said, “What kind of
name is this? Who is this ‘ars’ (an ethnic slur against certain kinds of
Sephardim) that you brought me as a candidate for a job?” Malcha’s colleague,
Michael Goldenshlager, who worked for Brown, had given Brown the resumé on
Next, Brown rejected Malcha without giving him an
Goldenshlager was the key witness for Malcha for winning the
case, as the court accepted his testimony of what Brown said when looking at the
resumé over Brown’s testimony, in which Brown denied making the ethnic
The court was further convinced of Malcha’s claim as he not only
had strong credentials for the position, but when he sent the exact same resumé
in to Brown a couple of months later, merely changing his name to an
Ashkenazi-sounding one, he was immediately invited for an interview.
court called attention to the still problematic phenomenon of discrimination
against Sephardim in the workplace and said courts must do everything in their
power to fight it.
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