Another Employee Charges Sara Netanyahu With Abusive Treatment

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Sara and Benjamin Netanyahu.Credit: David Bachar
Tali Heruti-Sover

Another legal complaint has been lodged against Sara Netanyahu, the prime minister's wife, for bullying and humiliating treatment.

The complainant, Gil Eliyahu, a former employee in the prime minister's residence, submitted his deposition to the Labor Court on Tuesday. It was the second complaint against Netanyahu in less than a month.

The Netanyahus' former house manager, Manny Naftali, filed a lawsuit levelling similar allegations last month. Eliyahu worked as an assistant to Naftali.

The complaint also raises the suspicion that the prime minister's residence may be employing contract workers in an unlawful manner.

Eliyahu says he worked for the prime minister's bureau as a contract worker for five months before transferring to the residence. When he complained about the long hours that he was working – over 350 hours in the first month, according to the deposition – the residence management transferred him to a different contract company.

He says he worked at the residence for an additional year, without being appointed to permanent staff. In terms of the law, a contract worker must become permanent no more than nine months after beginning work.

Eliyahu claims in his deposition that he was once woken up in the middle of the night and ordered to return to the prime minister's residence to heat up a bowl of soup for Sara Netanyahu. She allegedly told him: "You'll return whenever I want to eat."

He also maintains that he was once ordered back to the residence for not wishing Sara Netanyahu a good night. "You have to say goodnight to me before you go," she allegedly told him.

Eliyau is demanding compensation of 650,000 shekels ($187,000) for the overtime he worked, "abusive" conduct towards him and the failure to appoint him to permanent staff.

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