Introduction:

It is prohibited to fire an employee on maternity/paternity leave
This prohibition is absolute and one can not apply for a dismissal permit from the Ministry of Economy
An employer who fires an employee may expect financial sanctions
A complaint may be filed with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor's Enforcement Unit against an employer who has fired an employee

Section 9c(1) of the Womens' Employment Law establishes an absolute prohibition on the firing of an employee during maternity/paternity leave and a prohibition on giving notification of dismissal during this period.

  • This prohibition is absolute and the employer can not apply for a dismissal permit from the Ministry of Economy during this period.

Who is Eligible?

How to Claim It?

  • The right should be granted automatically.
  • A complaint may be filed with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor's Enforcement Unit against an employer who has fired an employee.

Please Note

  • An employer who fires an employee may expect financial sanctions.

Aid Organizations

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Government Agencies

Government Agency Areas of Responsibility Topics
The Employment of Women Law Ombudsman Responsible for issuing permits according to the Employment of Women Law Equal employment opportunities, Working women
Equal Employment Opportunity Ombudsman The ombudsman is responsible for enforcing all regulations related to equality at work and treatment of cases where prohibited discrimination occurred. Equal employment opportunities, Working women
The Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women Proper representation of women in public bodies, senior positions and positions of influence. Equal employment opportunities, Working women
The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor is responsible for all areas related to employment. All workers' rights relevant to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor.
The National Insurance Institute The institution responsible for the payment of pensions and benefits to which the working public are entitled. Health-Related Employee Rights, Working women, Termination of employment
Income Tax Responsible for collecting taxable income from workers. Workers' wages and components
The Legal Aid Division - Ministry of Justice Providing advice and legal assistance at no cost for people with low income. Workers' rights, Discrimination at work, Sexual harassment at work

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