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An employer who terminates an employee despite being aware that she is under fertility treatments may be required to compensate

December 14, 2023

An employee was terminated while she under fertility treatments.

The labor Court accepted the employee's claim for compensation as she was terminated without obtaining a duly issued termination permit. Israeli law prohibits the termination of an employee who was absent from the workplace due to fertility treatments or in the period of 150 days after the end of the days of absence, unless a permit was first obtained from the Minister of Industry, Trade and Employment. Here, the employee was summoned to a hearing and was terminated before the lapse of the protected period of 150 days since the date the employer learnt about the treatments she was undergoing, without the required permit. Therefore, the employer unlawfully terminated the employee and will compensate her.