The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission filed a complaint against
Jerusalem Capital Studios (JCS) Monday, accusing it of “methodical
discrimination” against female employees.
The commission, a division of
the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry, asked the Jerusalem Labor Court to order
JCS to provide employment data and bridge gender wage gaps.
that the number of women employed by the company’s news division dropped 76
percent from 2003 to 2010, and that only two mothers were employed out of a
total of 131 new employees during that period.
Commission chief Tziona
Koenig- Yair called the complaint “a first step” toward promoting female
workplace rights, saying that the Equal Employment Opportunities Law was
designed to prevent such gender discrimination. She added that this particular
case was “flooded” with examples of a workplace structure which perpetuates
discrimination against women.
JCS, a private company that hosts many
leading foreign news broadcasters at its Jerusalem and Tel Aviv facilities, said
in a press statement Monday that it had not received the complaint and therefore
could not reply directly to the allegations.
“JCS has employed workers
from every sector for more than 30 years, without any discrimination against
women or mothers. The group supports gender equality and the promotion of each
person according to their skills. It employs many women – including mothers –
encourages female employment and promotion and gives them comfortable work
conditions,” the company said.
It added that it had already provided the
commission with data showing a similarly significant drop in male and female
employee numbers during the eight years in question.
It said this
included a detailed explanation of the gender wage gaps.