A lawsuit filed by goyim employed in Bnei Brak’s Maynei HaYeshua Hospital seeking additional compensation for being the institution’s shabbos goyim was not successful. The workers took their case to the Tel Aviv Labor Court, demanding payment according to the law which says a Jew who works on shabbos R”L must received additional pay. The same does not hold true for non-Jews however. The petitioners told the court they view themselves as Jews in the true sense of the word, and therefore, they are entitled to the extra pay.
Justice Shmuel Tannenbaum however accepted the hospital’s position, explaining that only after the hospital’s rav was consulted was the decision made to hire the shabbos goyim. It was explained to them upon starting to work that the job description is suitable for non-Jews only, and as such, they are being hired.
The hospital also maintained that never during their employ did any of the goyim approach hospital administration to tell them they view themselves as Jews or seek Shabbos off.
The court ruled in favor of Maynei HaYeshua, stating it was clear they were hired specifically as non-Jews and their contention that they view themselves as Jews is invalid for the purpose of the proceeding.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)