A new survey by the San Francisco-based employment resource firm, ResumeBuilder.com, found that a quarter of United States hiring managers are less likely to move forward with Jewish applicants.
The poll conducted among 1,131 recruiters found that 23 percent of American hiring managers say they want fewer Jews in their industry, with 17 percent adding that managers have told them to avoid hiring Jews.
According to the survey, the top reason for discrimination against Jews by hiring managers is a supposed fear of their “power and control,” with 38 percent of hiring managers citing that as their reasoning.
Other justifications recruiters gave for their discrimination were claiming that Jews consider themselves the “chosen people” and they have too much wealth, in addition to listing that “Jews are greedy,” “Jews killed Jesus,” “Jews are an inferior race,” “Jews are oppressors” and “Jews are less capable.”
According to Stacie Haller, an executive recruiter and career counselor at ResumeBuilder.com, “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.”
“Antisemitism in the workplace starts at the hiring process with individuals who do not want to hire Jews because of bigoted stereotypes, but that is not where it ends.”
Among current employees in America, 33 percent said that workplace antisemitism is frequent, and 29 percent said that antisemitism is acceptable within the company that employs them, according to the survey. 56 percent of hiring managers understood that candidates were Jewish because they had confirmed it themselves 33 percent stated they identified their Jewishness by their last names. 26 percent of hiring managers make decisions about who is Jewish based on a candidate’s appearance, the survey found.
Some recruiters said they identified Jewish candidates by their “voice,” their “mannerisms,” or because “they are frugal.”
“Organizations need to commit to oversight, training, and having meaningful conversations about antisemitism. Removing prejudice and ensuring the workplace is equal, fair, and accessible for all is not an easy challenge for organizations to tackle, but it is absolutely essential,” said Stacie Haller.
The report does give some optimism, with 31 percent of those surveyed claiming their attitude toward Jews has improved over the last five years. 9 percent say their attitudes towards Jews have worsened, though, while 60 percent noted no change.
The latest survey comes as a growing list of famous individuals have made antisemitic remarks in the past few weeks. On Twitter and Instagram, American rapper and songwriter Kanye West was banned for making antisemitic posts threatening to go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE.”
In October, Kyrie Irving, a professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets took to Twitter to boost movie and book, Hebrews to Negroes, filled with antisemitic tropes.
Following their antisemitic comments and posts, West and Irving have come out defending and doubling down on their antisemitic conspiracy theories.