Maternity Label to Pay for Not Hiring Pregnant Woman

"Pregnant women are not hired to work at our company," the regional manager of maternity clothing company Rami Lee told a prospective employee. Now the company must pay the woman NIS 30,000, under a compromise approved by the Tel Aviv Labor Court.

Limor Levy, the prospective employee, filed a suit against Rami Lee at the beginning of the year with the help of attorney Tziona Koenig-Yair, the Industry and Labor Industry's national commissioner.

Levy had applied for a temporary position at the company's store at the Azrieli Modi'in Mall, in response to a published want ad. To her surprise, an employee told her she was unlikely to get the job because she was pregnant.

Shocked, Levy called the regional manager, who asked her whether she was pregnant. When she said yes, he told her that the company does not hire pregnant women.

Levy then sent a friend who was not pregnant to apply for the same position, and the friend was told she could start the hiring process. The women recorded some of their conversations with the company representatives.

Under the court-approved compromise, Rami Lee does not have to admit fault.

The company's vice president, Roy Mizrahi, stated in response: "Rami Lee operates in accordance with the laws and employs pregnant women."