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Berlin High Court Rules Jewish Firms May Dismiss Anti-semitic Employees

The High Court of Labor has ruled that Jewish firms are entitled at any time to dismiss employees who are anti-Semitic. This decision follows on a verdict issued recently by the Berlin Labor Court, presided over by Judge Achul Schultz, which found that a Jewish firm was not entitled to dismiss a Christian employee on these grounds.

The employee, an ex-soldier, wounded during the war, was working as a clerk in a Jewish firm, at a monthly salary of 228 marks. After the Prussian Parliamentary elections, the clerk came to the office, insulting the Jews at the top of his voice, telling them what would be done to all the Jews in Germany now that the Hitlerists had gained a victory in the elections.

The other employees, both Jewish and non-Jewish, refused to work with him. The directors of the firm were informed and the man was dismissed with two months’ salary in lieu of notice.

The Jewish firm, dissatisfied with the decision of the court, lodged an appeal with the higher district court, which over-ruled the verdict passed by the Berlin court, and handed down a finding allowing Jewish firms in Germany to dismiss employees who express anti-Semitic sentiments.

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