A Tel Aviv District Labor Court has canceled unemployment insurance payments to a woman who lives in Bnei Brak after the latter refused to accept a job in an office without gender separation. In the HaMevaser report, the daily chareidi newspaper speaks of the ongoing “anti-chareidi incitement” as the cause leading to the court handing down such a tainted decision.
Justice Giltzer-Katz in her ruling stated that employment officials found a suitable job for the woman, who simply refused to accept it, stating it was contrary to her hashkafa and she simply cannot work in an office in which men and women mingle. The court ordered the state to immediately cancel her unemployment benefits as a result of her refusal to accept employment.
The court added that while the woman views the decision as discriminatory, her position is a blow to all the women fighting for equality in the workplace. The court rejected her contention that she was being discriminated again, stating that employment services officials’ simply are not required to bend over backwards to accommodate her beliefs and her conscious.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)