A new survey commissioned by Israel’s Economy Ministry’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that 37% of employers would prefer not to hire haredi men and 27% would prefer not to hire a haredi mother of young children.
Anti-Haredi, Anti-Arab, Anti-Women Prejudice In Hiring Widespread In Israel, Report Finds
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
A new survey commissioned by Israel’s Economy Ministry’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that 37% of employers would prefer not to hire haredi men. The same survey found that 42% of those same employers would prefer not to hire Arab men, 41% would prefer not to hire an Arab mother of young children, 27% would prefer not to hire a haredi mother of young children, and 13% said they would prefer not to hire any married woman with young children. But 93% of employers and 95% of workers said they would not have a problem working with a woman over the age of fifty.
“The survey data raises difficult questions regarding public attitudes in general and employers’ attitudes in particular toward employees from different communities.…Though half the survey participants were women and most of them were married or had been in the past, there was great opposition to employing women with children and a worrying reporting of wage gaps between men and women” the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s commissioner, Tziona Koenig-Yair, wrote in a prepared statement.
The survey is based on 500 Jewish respondents. Most of the respondents hold higher degrees.
Yet, despite their educational achievement, “in evaluating whether to hire Arabs or Haredim they relied on prejudice and stereotypes,” Koenig-Yair wrote.
The survey also found that:
• 46% of respondents said they were reluctant to work with an Arab male
• 30% said the same about a haredi male
• 28% said the same about an educated Arab woman
• A quarter of employers admitted that women in their companies are paid less than men
Last year, 60% of complaints filed by women with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reportedly were about alleged discrimination because of pregnancy or raising children.
Repeated work done by economists inside and outside of Israel has shown that the high rate of lack of participation in the workforce by haredi men and Arab women seriously hurts Israel’s economy.
[Sources: Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post.]