Bill requires employers to prove just firing of workers complaining of harassment

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January 22, 2014 16:12

 
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The burden of proof in wrongful termination cases related to sexual harassment complaints will be on employers, according to legislation approved in its preliminary reading Wednesday.

The bill proposed by Knesset Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women and Gender Equality chairwoman Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) states that employers who fired workers who complained of sexual harassment will have to prove that he did not do so wrongfully.

However, the reversal of the burden of proof will only apply within a year from when the complaint was submitted.

"We can all imagine how much courage it takes for an employee to complain about his or her boss," Lavie said. "This is another small step meant to ensure that victims can exercise their rights by law and prevent sexual harassment in Israel."

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