pregnant woman 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [illustrative])
Discrimination against minority groups, as well as due to age or personal
status, is still strong in the local job market, a study conducted by the
Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry revealed Tuesday.
coincide with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission conference that took
place in Tel Aviv, the study showed that more than 80 percent of employers
admitted to discriminating against women who were mothers. The same number said
that job seekers over the age of 45 were seriously disadvantaged.
though it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of a person’s personal status,
age, religious or ethnic identity, 70% of employers also admitted that
discrimination exists against the Israeli Arab population and immigrants from
In his speech at the conference, recently appointed Industry,
Trade and Labor Minister Shalom Simhon said that encouraging diversity and
tackling racism in the workplace was a central tool in encouraging economic
“As minister of this office and of the Ministry for Minority
Affairs, I believe that advancing the opportunities for equality is a central
and important factor in encouraging economic growth,” he said.
great importance in creating a market where you can see representation and
integration of all segments of the population, including in as many different
ranks and jobs as possible.”