New bill attempts to crack glass ceiling for Israeli women

22.05.2012                      01.Siwan. 5772                    Rosch Chodesch; Tag 45 des Omer

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New bill attempts to crack glass ceiling for Israeli women

Proposal gives more legal recourse to women who get paid less than their male colleagues.

A new draft law sponsored by MKs Dalia Itzik (Kadima) and Haim Katz (Likud) would extend from two years to seven years the statute of limitations for suing an employer who pays a female employee less than a male employee who does the same job.
On Thursday the High Court of Justice placed the burden of proof in the case of a gender-based pay inequality claim on the employer, rather than the employee. The court ruled that once a difference in pay between male and female employees was demonstrated, the employer had to prove that the reason for the discrepancy was not solely due to gender. Since passage of the 1996 Law for Equal Opportunities in the Workplace, it was the plaintiffs who've had to prove that they were being paid less strictly because they were female….