Why should you go to a job interview?
After being laid off for six months, a woman from California says she had a good chance of getting a job in Israel, but when the employer found out, it was devastating.
After the Israeli Labor Ministry said that a female receptionist at a grocery store in Beit Hanina had been laid off from her job because she did not meet certain qualifications, she decided to go to the job interview to see if she was qualified.
It is not the first time that a woman has come under fire for being unable to find a job.
Last year, a young Palestinian woman from the city of Jenin, who was forced to leave her job as a receptionist after her father, an Israeli citizen, was killed in the Gaza Strip, was forced into hiding after being denied a job for more than three years.
Her case was the focus of an international campaign to help women in Israel and around the world.
A spokesperson for the Israeli Ministry of Labor, Shlomi Pappas, said that the ministry’s position is clear: If a person cannot demonstrate to the employer that they are competent, he will not hire them.
“This is a new problem, and we have a very complicated problem.
In the last few months, we have had two cases where women are being refused work, and one of them was the receptionist case,” she said.
The government also plans to set up a task force to help employers in the area of discrimination and harassment in the future.