The Women's Lobby on Thursday filed a complaint with Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz and the Knesset's Ethics Committee against MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union), claiming he encouraged discrimination against women.
During a Knesset discussion about maternity leave on Wednesday, Ben-Ari reportedly said that if he was a business owner he would rather hire a male employee.
"The next time a woman and man come to me, I prefer his month of reserve duty, with which I know how to deal, over the six months [of maternity leave] during which either the system collapses or I find a better replacement," the lawmaker was quoted as saying.
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