The position or salary of a pregnant employee who has worked for the same employer or at the same place of employment for at least 6 months may not be changed without a permit from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor.
- An employer wishing to change the position or salary of such an employee must request a special permit from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. The minister will only give the special permit if he/she has been convinced that the requested change is not related to the employee being pregnant.
- Nonetheless, in the following cases, an employer is permitted to change the position or salary of a pregnant employee:
- If the employee requested to reduce her workload due to medical reasons related to the pregnancy.
- If a change in salary was undertaken as the result of a collective agreement.
- If the salary is productivity-based and the employee's productivity decreased due to reasons that are not dependent on the employer.
Who is Eligible?
- All working women who have worked for the same employer or at the same place of employment for at least 6 months.
How to Claim It?
- The right should be granted automatically.
- If this prohibition is violated, a complaint may be filed against the employer with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor's Enforcement Unit.
- If the employer changed the employee's salary without a proper permit, the employee may sue the employer for compensatory damages equal to the lost salary. In order to do so, a claim must be filed with a regional labor court.
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Laws and Regulations
- The Employment of Women Law - Section 9a
- A Brief Workers' Rights Guide from the Yedid - The Association for Community Empowerment website-->
- Original information provided by Adv. Sigal Ronen-Katz.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.