Ethnicity, gender, age, health and sexual orientation are all characteristics causing illegal discrimination against job seekers in the job market.
One of the most important features of MediMatcher is anonymity in job searching. It means that every job seeker presents their profiles with only the most relevant information relating to their profession, such as work experience and educational background. This ensures that all prejudice and structural discrimination embedded in our culture is forgotten, as it should.
The most recent report on the surveillance of work life discrimination, conducted by the Finnish ministry of employment and economy, reveals one thing: discrimination occurs in working life all the time. Discrimination is experienced especially by people with disabilities, ethnic and national minorities, and women. Moreover, people are also discriminated against young or old age and for starting a family.
Nearly all people have thoughts and ideas that discriminate. In fact, they are so common there exist old sayings, like “Italians think the Spanish are simple” or “All dog lovers think cats are untrustworthy.” These sayings may seem innocent at first, but they reflect the existence of more harmful forms of discrimination, such as racism and sexism, which a number of individuals deal with on a daily basis.
Discrimination can be prevented in many ways. And as in many other issues, education is the key to happiness.
For instance, a thoughtful employer can organize recruitment by hiding applicants’ names, or applications can be completely anonymous, just like in MediMatcher! In this way, even the most open-minded employer will make sure their job search is rid of prejudice so the most qualified applicant will be hired.
Source: Työsyrjinnän seuranta Suomessa (Trans: Surveillance of work discrimination in Finland), Keski-Petäjä & Pietilä, 2014
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