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An employer must act to prevent sexual harassment at the work place

December 26, 2018
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An 18 years old kid who worked at a pizza place was sexually harassed by her employer, including by obscene acts, after the second of which she did not return to work and suffered severe emotional distress that required mental treatment.

The Labor Court held that the employer is to compensate the employee by ILS 180,000 without requirement to prove damage but rejected her claim for compensation for mental distress as these are included in compensation without proof of damage prescribed by law. The Sexual Harassment Law requires an employer to take reasonable measures to prevent sexual harassment or other harassment in the framework of labor relations by an employee or a representative, even if such representative is not an employee, and the employer is even obliged to handle any complaint on the subject. An employer who does not do so is liable for compensation under the law, but if the employer is also harassing, there will be no double compensation.