SHOCK STUDY: 1 in 4 Employers Less Likely to Hire Jews, 29% Say Antisemitism ‘Acceptable’

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NEW YORK (Yaakov M / VINnews) — A new study shows a shockingly high prevalence of antisemitism in the workplace.

Employers discriminate against Jews for a variety of reasons, and apparently are not afraid to discuss it openly. In November, the website asked 1,131 hiring managers and recruiters about their views of Jewish applicants and perception of antisemitism in the workplace.

The survey found “an alarming amount of antisemitism within companies, a great deal of which is considered acceptable.”

More than 1 in 4 hiring managers are less likely to hire Jews. While there are many reasons for their antisemitic discrimination, the most common is because Jews “have too much power and control.”

Key findings include:

  • 26% of hiring managers say they are less likely to move forward with Jewish applicants; top reason for negative bias is 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 to not hire Jews
  • 33% say antisemitism is common in their workplace; 29% say antisemitism is acceptable in their company

Additionally, 29% say they know of colleagues who are negatively biased against Jewish applicants.

When asked how they can tell that an applicant is Jewish, many make assumptions based on educational background (35%), last name (33%), experiences with Jewish organizations (28%), and even their appearance (26%).

Respondents also added the following derogatory ways of assessing whether a candidate is Jewish: “voice,” “mannerisms,” and “they are very frugal.”

When asked why they are less likely to move forward with Jewish applicants, the top reasons include too much power and control (38%), claim to be the ‘chosen people’ (38%), and have too much wealth (35%).

Respondents also selected a number of other disturbing answer choices as the reasons for their bias.

Nearly 1 and 4 (23%) said that their industry should have fewer Jewish employees.

Seventeen percent say they have been told to not hire Jewish applicants by company leadership.

Furthermore, 33% say antisemitism is ‘very common’ (14%) or ‘common’ (19%) in their workplace, while 29% say antisemitism is ‘very acceptable’ (17%) or ‘somewhat acceptable’ (12%) at their company.

Nearly 1 in 10 (9%) say they have a less favorable attitude toward Jews now than 5 years ago

Stacie Haller, executive recruiter and career counselor, said, “This data shows a disturbing number of hiring managers not only admit to having a negative bias against Jewish applicants, but also, that they actively want to keep Jews out of their workplace.”

“Antisemitism in the workplace starts at the hiring process with individuals who do not want to higher Jews because of bigoted stereotypes, but that is not where it ends. Given that nearly one-third say antisemitism is common and acceptable in their workplace, it’s evident that antisemitism extends way beyond the hiring process. In this era of fighting for equality in hiring, Jewish individuals have largely been left out of the conversation, and the issue of antisemitism has for the most part gone unaddressed.”

Read the entire survey here.


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