Discrimination in Jobseeking

The problem is as big as ever

Asking Your Age Is NOT Illegal

Unlike other attributes, like race and sexual orientation, age is not protected by discrimination law. Many job-seekers erroneously think that it is illegal for an employer to ask for a candidate’s date of birth (or year of graduation, marital status, or any number of other supposedly off limits questions.) That’s simply not true! Although they’re often called “illegal interview questions” on the web, such questions are not actually illegal at all.
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Mental Health Discrimination

Another area of discrimination covered less by the media, which is still highly potent in society is that against people with mental health issues. 37% of people surveyed by the Mental Health Foundation reported that they faced discrimination when job seeking.

Workplace Weight Discrimination Is Just As Horrible As Ever

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology that analysed pay discrepancies between people of different sizes found some dramatic differences. The study broke women’s body sizes down into categories of “very thin,” “thin,” “average,” “heavy,” and “very heavy.” It found that when compared to women of average weight, “very thin” women earned $22,000 more a year, while “very heavy” women earned almost $19,000 less.
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Denmark Exemplifies Racial Discrimination

In 2008, 61 percent non-Western immigrants and

descendants between 16 and 64 years were employed compared to about 70 percent

of the ethnic Danish population between 16 and 64 years. Among young people

between 16 and 29 years, 65 per cent were in jobs compared to 74 percent of ethnic

Danes in the same age group (Ministry of Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs,

2010). The focus has particularly been on young men, who tend to drop out of school,

further education, and the employment system (LG Insight, 2007). Especially young

men between 16 and 24 years have difficulties maintaining a stable job (Emerek,


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