Civil Law Georgia | Another fired employee wins legal battle with the National Museum

Another dismissed employee of the National Museum, Nino Macharashvili, has won a lawsuit in the Tbilisi City Court against the National Museum of Georgia, which is subordinate to the Ministry of Culture.

According to Dito Khvichia, head of the Justice League law firm, which represents the plaintiff's interests in court, the court ruled that the dismissal in January 2022 was illegal and the National Museum was ordered to pay Macharashvili compensation and back payments “until the verdict is executed.”

The Union of Science, Education and Culture Employees reacted to the decision by saying that Culture Minister Tea Tsulukiani and the management of the National Museum she “occupied” had lost 12 court cases against dismissed employees. “The truth will always prevail,” the union added.

According to Radio Liberty, about one hundred employees of the National Museum of Georgia were dismissed in 2022, most of them are currently pursuing legal action.

The National Museum may appeal the decision.

Since her appointment as Minister of Culture, Tea Tsulukiani has been frequently accused of persecuting freedom of expression and making politically motivated dismissals in the agencies under her control.

Similar allegations were made during her tenure as Minister of Justice. According to Transparency International Georgia data as of February 2022, during her tenure as Minister of Justice, the budget lost GEL 332,172 due to compensation “for illegal dismissals” of employees.

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