Introduction:

It is prohibited to change the position or salary of a pregnant employee without a special permit from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor
The prohibition applies to an employee who has worked for the same employer at the same workplace for at least 6 months.
If this prohibition is violated, a complaint may be filed against the employer with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor's Enforcement Unit
Nonetheless, it is permitted to change the position or salary of a pregnant employee in specific cases as detailed below
For more information, see section 9a of the Womens' Employment Law



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:
  1. If the employee requested to reduce her workload due to medical reasons related to the pregnancy.
  2. If a change in salary was undertaken as the result of a collective agreement.
  3. 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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