BNEI BRAK (VINnews) — Despite the fact that the Chareidi community in Israel now has the lowest transmission rates in the entire population, individual Chareidim are still being stigmatized and suffering from discrimination and prejudices based on the misperception that Chareidim “spread disease.”

In many workplaces, Chareidim have suffered from snide and humiliating remarks such as “your sector is spreading disease” and “keep away from us.”  Shlomit, a 64-year-old resident of Bnei Brak, has worked for forty years at one of the most prestigious banks in Israel but recently she has also suffered from singular treatment due to her being Chareidi.

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During the recent lockdown in Israel Shlomit was sent home even though other workers were deemed essential since, as she was told, “you live in a red district and could infect us.” Despite this, Shlomit was not recompensed for the time she missed work, even though she did not contract COVID-19.

Last week, Shlomit attended a family wedding which was held according to all of the health ministry regulations , but despite this Shlomit was told that she must remain in isolation for two weeks after the wedding before returning to her work.

A relative said that “they gave no explanation for this demand and even a negative test which she showed them did not persuade the bank. Shlomit was forced to spend 14 days at home and once again did not receive wages.”

The Kikar Hashabat site remarked that there is no legal precedent which could justify the bank’s behavior. In the meantime Shlomit is attempting to negotiate with the bank to retain her wages but if necessary she will take legal steps to ensure that the discrimination she suffered will not continue.