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Poll Shows Anti-Hareidi Bias in the Workplace

A study shows that employers in several “elite” fields are biased against hareidi-religious, Ethiopians, Arabs.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 11/12/2009, 9:13 PM / Last Update: 11/12/2009, 10:34 PM

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A study conducted by researchers at the Kiryat Ono Academy and released this week shows that employers in several “elite” fields are biased against members of the hareidi-religious community, immigrants from Ethiopia, and Arabs. Following the release of the report, at least one religious organization is planning a campaign to fight anti-hareidi workplace bias.

The study related to workplaces such as legal offices, accounting firms, the stock exchange, banks and newsrooms. Researchers found that Arab candidates were most likely to face bias while applying for jobs, but that hareidi-religious employees were most likely to face bias when seeking promotion.

Eighty-six percent of those surveyed said they would prefer to promote workers who are not hareidi-religious. Seventy-nine percent said the same about Arabs, while 70 percent said the same about those of Ethiopian origin.

The religious organization “B'Tzedek” has announced that it will fight workplace bias, and has asked hareidi-religious employees who have faced discrimination to come forward with their stories. B'Tzedek members noted that they were aware of anti-hareidi bias in the workplace, and had dealt with discrimination cases in the past, but said the study represented a step forward as it provided real proof of institutional discrimination.

The organization is asking State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss and the heads of various Knesset committees to look into the matter as well.