Sara Netanyahu's foreign worker: I was forced to work around the clock
The Nepalese woman who was employed as a caregiver to Prime Minister Netanyahu's father-in-law, say's Sara, Netanyahu’s wife mistreated her.
Tara Kumari, the Nepalese who formerly worked as a caregiver for Sara Netanyahu's father, held a press conference last night at which she said that during her tenure in the Netanyahu household, she was forced to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
She reiterated her claim that she was injured during a confrontation with Prime Minister's Benjamin Netanyahu's wife. "[She] ran in my direction. I was scared. I moved back, fell on the floor and my pinkie broke," she said.
Kumari said she had no complaints about Sara's father, Shmuel Ben-Artzi, "and he has no complaints about me."
"I am sorry I was not given a chance to say good-bye to him when I was forced to leave the prime minister's home without notice," she added.
Kumari said she holds no grudge against Sara Netanyahu, adding that they were on good terms throughout the time she worked for Ben-Artzi aside from the last few days, when the prime minister's wife began complaining about Kumari's work.
The press conference was convened with the help of the Hotline for Migrant Workers and Physicians for Human Rights. The Nepalese worker was accompanied by her lawyer, Yohanna Lerman.
Lerman claimed that Kumari did not receive her entire salary, adding, "they did not provide her with convalescence pay, give her holidays off or pay severance." The lawyer also claimed that Kumari was forced to signed a document in which she waived her rights and all future claims, despite the fact that it was not written in her mother tongue and no lawyers were present when it was signed.
"This was unethical and inappropriate, because the worker [Kumari] had no way of understanding what she was signing," Lerman said.
She added that she hoped the issue could be resolved without going to court.
The Prime Minister's Office responded to the caregiver's allegations soon after they were made public on Monday. It said the allegations were motivated by her imminent dismissal from her position over what the PMO called the mistreatment of Mrs. Netanyahu's father.