A former employee of the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a court case against her on Tuesday alleging mistreatment.
The verdict is a new setback for Sara Netanyahu, who has been repeatedly accused of abusive behavior toward household staff and found herself embroiled in a series of suspected scandals.
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Jerusalem’s labor court awarded Guy Eliyahu NIS 97, 500 ($30, 000) in damages on Sunday. Eliyahu claimed Mrs. Netanyahu had behaved abusively toward him, yelling and making unreasonable demands.
The sum breaks down into NIS 65, 000 for emotional abuse, NIS 7, 500 reimbursement for legal costs and NIS 25, 000 for violating laws protecting employees from working beyond certain hours.
Amit Hadad, a Netanyahu family lawyer, said the allegations were “false” and “disconnected from reality.”
On Sunday, police reportedly recommended indicting Mrs. Netanyahu for allegedly misusing state funds and excessive household spending.
The Netanyahus have long faced scrutiny over their spending and have fended off accusations that their lifestyles are out of touch with ordinary Israelis.
In February, another former employee Meni Naftali won a case over Sara Netanyahu in labor court, for her abuse of him during his time as a worker in the Prime Minister’s Residence.