MK Sa'ar Demands Government Ministry Rehire Pregnant Spokeswoman

Na'amat women's organization chair: Firing pregnant workers just before six-month limit is 'trend' that must be stopped.

The chairman of the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women, MK Gideon Sa'ar (Likud) demanded Monday that Minister of Sport, Culture and Science Glaleb Majadele immediately reverse the decision of his ministry director-general, Dr. Yoav Rozen, to fire the ministry spokeswoman.

The spokeswoman, Hadassah Greenberg-Ya'akov, was fired two weeks after she announced she was pregnant.

As Haaretz reported Monday, the Civil Service Commission has already suspended the dismissal of Greenberg-Ya'akov, who was selected by tender seven months ago.

A pregnant state employee can be dismissed after she has been working for at least six months only if a special waiver is issued by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, which was not obtained in this case.

Sa'ar said firing Greenberg-Ya'akov two weeks after she announced she was pregnant is even more problematic, because Civil Service Commissioner Shmuel Hollander claimed seven months ago that Majadele had interfered in the tender process to select the new spokesperson.Sa'ar called on Majadele to show a "personal example" as a member of the cabinet and as a public figure.

MK Zahava Galon (Meretz) said that the Knesset had enacted laws to prevent women having to chose between their career and motherhood, and the first people who should apply these laws are MKs and ministers.

The chair of the Na'amat women's organization, Talia Livni, said the firing of pregnant workers just before the six-month limit had become a "trend" that had to be stopped.

Rozen's office said Sunday that Greenberg-Ya'akov's dismissal had nothing to do with her pregnancy.