Record numbers seek legal advice over job rights

A record number of 120,000 women turned to the Women's International Zionist Organization for legal advice over problems in their jobs in the past year, according to figures released at a WIZO conference in Herzliya last week. WIZO Israel head Yochy Feller told the conference the requests for legal help had come flooding in as a result of extensive firings and cuts to benefits during the current economic crisis, reports According to the report, representatives of WIZO's 60 Israeli branch offices met in Herzliya for the conference, and heard that the year had been a particularly difficult one. Feller said that 120,000 women - the largest number ever in one year - had called the organization for legal help over problems with their jobs, and the organization's legal teams had taken action on behalf of dozens of women whose workplace rights had been harmed. The report also said that WIZO, in conjunction with the Microsoft company and employment services, was continuing to run computer courses for women with the aim of helping unemployed women and single mothers find jobs. Some 2,500 women have completed courses so far.