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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Ensuring Arab Israeli Women Get at Least the Minimum Wage

In Nazareth, Foundation Grantee Kav LaOved is conducting a campaign to ensure that Arab Israeli women are paid a fair wage.  Gadeer Nicola, a lawyer who heads up the Kav LaOved office in Nazaeth (and who, unfortunately, is camera-shy!) explained that they serve many Arab Israeli women who are not paid the legal minimum wage.  A number of these women work in private pre-schools, as well as in the foster-care system; others work as contractors. She said that the government's enforcement of wage rules is more sporadic in the Arab sector than in the Jewish sector, which in turn discourages some women from seeking employment. Kav LaOved will advertise their services via Arab-language radio ads and social-media sites, thereby educating the public at large about employment rules covering minimum wage, sex discrimination, and the rights of pregnant workers.

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