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More than one in five employees say they are the victim of discrimination in hiring, according to a study

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According to the study, 21% of respondents say they have been discriminated against during the recruitment process. (VINCENT HAZAT / MAXPPP)

More than one in five employees claim to be the victim of discrimination in hiring, according to a large Ifop study conducted with the Météojob job site on 4,000 French employees in April. According to these two organizations, discrimination is growing. It would even have doubled in twenty years if we compare to a previous study of 2001, conducted by Ipsos, but whose sample is not sufficiently representative. The fact remains that according to this new study, the results of which franceinfo reveals to you, 21% of people questioned say they have been victims of discrimination during the recruitment process.

Women are more exposed than men. They are 23% to say they are discriminated against, it is four points more than men. Young people are even more likely to be victims of this phenomenon: 25%. This is twice as many as people in their sixties. The social level also comes into play. If you belong to a disadvantaged socio-professional class, you have a 23% risk of being discriminated against, against only 10% for those called CSP +.

The study also points to a particular form of discrimination on physical appearance. In this, she agrees with the observations of the Defender of Rights, who has pointed out this phenomenon on several occasions. According to Ifop, during a job interview, 15% of obese people were asked to lose weight. Young people under 30 were asked, for 16% of them, to change their physical presentation. And finally, glottophobia seems to be rampant during the interviews. This rejection of regional accents concerned 13% of those questioned, who were asked to erase it. In total, one in five candidates say they have been confronted with remarks about their physical appearance.

One in five candidates reports inappropriate comments related to their gender. Words that particularly affect women in predominantly male sectors. The study quotes the construction industry with sexist remarks twice as prevalent than in the administration.

Women are also much more often asked if they have children or if they plan to have them. They are often asked the question of childcare, although it is not a subject for men.

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