From vacation to dismissal: Municipality employee says he was fired because of supporting opposition
A former employee at the Lori province administration appealed to the RA Administrative Court to rule the steps taken by the higher management to dismiss him from work illegal.
Armen Hovhannisyan, the member of All Armenian Movement party claims he was fired from his job of senior specialist of the internet center at the municipality because he participated in the February rallies in Yerevan, while enjoying his right for a leave.
The municipality however qualified his involvement in political rallies as a violation of the principles of keeping politically restraint, grounded by Article 2 of the RA Law on Civil Service.
According to the law, the civil servant has not right to violate the principle of politically restraint behavior, using his or her position for the interests of a party, non-governmental, including religious, associations, to agitate a certain way of attitude to them, or be engaged in any other political or religious activities while performing professional duties.