Edited by Janice R. Bellace and Beryl ter Haar
Chapter 9: The architecture of human rights at work in Israeli law
In the first case raising employees' privacy issues in Israel, the employer argued that employees deposit their right to privacy when they enter the workplace. The courts rejected the claim, and by now it is well established that human rights are stored in a backpack that is attached to the human whether she is in the public or private spheres, and clearly when she is at work. In the last two decades the Israeli judiciary established a detailed jurisprudence of human rights at work, devising a Bill of Rights for employees. The Bill of Rights includes the freedom of occupation, right to privacy, free speech, equality, freedom of belief and conscience and the right to dignity. On the same basis, the courts also recognized the employer's rights to property the freedom of contract. The chapter seeks to understand the legal infrastructure constituting the employees' Bill of Rights and its outcomes.
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