A recent study shows an alarmingly high prevalence of antisemitism in the workplace.
For a variety of reasons, employers discriminate against Jews, and they are unafraid to talk about it publicly. In November, one thousand one hundred thirty-one recruiters and hiring managers were questioned by the website ResumeBuilder.com regarding their attitudes toward Jewish job candidates and their opinion of antisemitism in the workplace.
“An alarming level of antisemitism within companies, much of which is regarded acceptable,” the report revealed.
Jews are less likely to be hired by more than one-fourth of recruiting managers.
Although there are numerous justifications for their antisemitic prejudice, the most prevalent one is that Jews “have too much power and influence.”
Key findings include:
26% of hiring managers say they are less likely to move forward with Jewish applicants; the top reason for negative bias is the belief Jews have too much power and control
26% make assumptions about whether a candidate is Jewish based on their appearance
23% say they want fewer Jews in their industry
17% say leadership has told them not to hire Jews
33% say antisemitism is every day in their workplace; 29% say antisemitism is acceptable in their company
Furthermore, 29% of respondents claim to be aware of coworkers who are prejudiced against Jewish applicants.
Many people make judgments about a candidate’s Jewishness based on their educational background (35%), last name (33%), experiences with Jewish organizations (28%), and even their appearance (26%) when asked how they can determine whether they are Jewish.
Respondents also added the following insulting criteria to determine whether a candidate is Jewish: “voice,” “mannerisms,” and “they are very frugal.”
Top responses to the question of why they are less likely to hire Jewish applicants to include having too much power and control (38%), claiming to be the “chosen people,” and having too much riches (38%).
Respondents also chose other unsettling answer options as the causes of their bias.
A quarter of respondents (24%) thought there should be fewer Jews working in their sector.
Seventeen percent of respondents claim that firm leadership has instructed them not to recruit Jewish applicants.
Additionally, 33% claim that antisemitism is “extremely common” (14%) or “common” (19%) at their place of employment, while 29% claim that it is “very acceptable” (17%) or “somewhat acceptable” (12%).
Nine percent of people claim they feel less kindly toward Jews than they did five years ago.
“This survey shows a worrisome proportion of hiring managers not only acknowledge having a negative bias against Jewish applicants but also that they actively seek to keep Jews out of their workplace,” said Stacie Haller, executive recruiter and career counselor.
“Antisemitism in the workplace begins with those who do not wish to hire Jews due to racist stereotypes throughout the hiring process, but it does not stop there.
Antisemitism goes far beyond the employment process, given that over one-third of respondents feel it is prevalent and accepted in their workplace.
Jewish people have been mostly excluded from the debate in this time of fighting for hiring equity, and the problem of antisemitism has largely gone unresolved.