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Nearly 100 after-school program instructors are suing their employer for not paying severance, or for paying late.

The lawsuit was filed in Tel Aviv's regional labor court by 95 of the 4,500 instructors employed by the Karev Program for Educational Involvement, a joint initiative of the Education Ministry and the Keren Karev foundation established by the philanthropists Charles and the late Andrea Bronfman.

More than 260,000 students participate in the programs, which include classes on music, dance and computers.

The instructors are suing the Marmanet project management company, which in recent years has won several Education Ministry tenders worth tens of millions of shekels.

"We do not discuss matters with our employees through the media, and the matter will be resolved in court," said Hana Lifshitz-Nachmias, the vice president of Marmanet. "We take care of the employees' rights and give more than what the state requires. The plaintiffs are using inaccurate information."

Nissim Matalon, who heads the Karev program, said the employment conditions are "reasonable, beyond what the law requires."

He said the instructors have trouble accepting that they are not officially recognized as Education Ministry-certified teachers and that their courses "are not part of the required core curriculum."