Looking for a job? Don’t state your religion on resumé

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religious discrimination against job seekersIn America, the religious freedom of public sector and most private sector employees is protected by a federal law called “Title VII,” 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e, et seq.

Title VII prohibits discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, or national origin.  Religious discrimination includes using an employee’s religion as a factor in decisions to or not to hire or to give or not give promotions, treating employees unequally based on their religion, and harassment.

Two new studies, however, show that if you say you’re religious on a job resumé, your chances of getting a callback are diminished by more than 25%.

religious discriminationMeredith Somers reports for The Washington Times, June 17, 2014, that experiments conducted in the South and New England found that “applicants who expressed a religious identity were 26 percent less likely to receive a response from employers.

David Lewin, head of Berkeley Research Group’s Labor and Employment practice and a professor of organizational behavior at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, said, “These studies do tend to show there will be factors in resumes that will lead to bias. Religion could well be one of them.”

The New England study was conducted between July and October 2009, and involved submitting 6,400 resumes for 1,600 job postings within 150 miles of Hartford, Connecticut.

The study in the South was conducted between March and May 2010, and involved 3,200 resumes sent to 800 jobs posted online within a 150 miles of two “major Southern cities.”

The jobs included positions in customer service, hospitality, media, retail, real estate, shipping and clerical duties. The postings only required an emailed resume.

The researchers used a template of an attractive candidate who had graduated in 2008 or 2009 with a 3.7 or higher grade point average and participation in extracurricular activities. For each job posting, several resumes were submitted with similar templates but with different faith-based information from the following seven types:

  1. Atheist
  2. Catholic
  3. Evangelical Christian
  4. Jewish
  5. Pagan
  6. Muslim
  7. A fictitious “Wallonian” faith
  8. A control group for which no religious affiliation was mentioned.

In the New England study, 8.5% of the control group received a phone call or email from a potential employer, compared to an average of 7.5% for the seven religions included in the survey. The fictitious “Wallonian” applicants had an 8.2% rate of return, compared to the 6.5% for Muslims.

For the American South, 18.2% of the control group received a call or email, but the religious candidates averaged 15.7%. Among the religions, Jewish candidates had the highest rate of return, at 16.5%, while Muslims were the lowest, at 10.7%.

Lewin advised that in the “art of resume preparation,” one rule is “unless you have a good reason to put it on, don’t put it on.” Candidates need to consider the value of what is going on their resume, so that something they add is not “something that stands out to an employer as irrelevant or negative.”

The job hunting website Monster.com similarly advises job applicants to consider only including information that will “get your foot in the door. Every bit of information on it should be selling your value to potential employers.  You may leave out organization names that disclose your cultural background, religious affiliation, sexual orientation and other possible targets of discrimination.”

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0 responses to “Looking for a job? Don’t state your religion on resumé

  1. Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society.

  2. Based on the Koran’s teachings, (taquiya) why would any non Muslim ever hire a Muslim. The risk, and their superior attitude would not recommend them. In fact, I would make up a sign: Infidels only, no Muslims need apply.

    • Same goes for the zionist judaics, you won’t see a greater belief in their own superiority, and a greater willingness to exploit the religious affiliation to force you to comply, or face “discrimination” and/or “anti-semitism” charges. Curious how that choice had the best reply rate of the religious affiliations… wonder why that is? Clearly the Muslims had the lowest because of people’s social conditioning, perhaps the reason the “jewish” got the best response was due to the same social programming, only in the opposite direction? Both are pretty discriminatory. Frankly I’m surprised the atheists didn’t get a better turnout.

      • Have you ever met a Jew, Seumas? I mean talk about “social conditioning”. You managed to fit a whole lot of slanderous stereotyping into your short comment.

  3. In all of my own job searching I have never come across this question. Nor my interviews. If this question did come up, you can click or put down ‘N/A’ because it’s not their business and frankly non one is really going to care either way. I’ve worked with Gays, Bi’s, Jews, etc. The only time they may ask if there is a certain items that in your religion you can not touch or what if found ‘unclean’, or if there is a certain ‘holiday’ that your religion that you need time off from work. When I worked at Target they asked me that so if I found Gym shorts offensive they would not put me in the clothing section.

  4. I have never been asked this question by a prospective employer, but having read this, and if I am ever queried as to my religious affiliation, I will tell them I am a flaming liberal that worships at the feet of the god of government.

    There was a time when that would have been a red flag in the private sector, but not anymore, as that was an America that no-longer exists.

    Just look at how may private sector employers have fired people for failing to tote the PC line.


  5. Of course, jihadists, athiest/secular humanists and satanists should put it on there and sue people for not hiring them… left/liberal porgressives like them.

  6. At Dave: Funny!

  7. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this fascinating post. I know what it is like to be discriminated against in the job market because I was a Catholic, an experience I went through when I was 18. In any event, this religious discrimination in the job market that has increased so remarkably as you have set forth with evidence, is deeply troubling and fulfills the prediction of St. John Paul the Great. We see that same discrimination and violation of religious liberty pursuant to the terms of the HHS Mandate. We are in for a continuing battle in this regard. Be prepared. . .


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