The Washington Times reports:
Scholars with the “Religious Affiliation and Hiring Discrimination” field 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.”
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 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.
Both studies submitted resumes to jobs where a resume could be emailed, and for each posting, several resumes were submitted with similar templates but a variety of faith-based information.
According to the studies, each “candidate” graduated in 2008 or 2009, achieved a 3.7 or higher grade point average, and was “randomly assigned” one of seven religious classifications – atheist, Catholic, evangelical Christian, Jewish, pagan, Muslim, and a fictional “Wallonian” faith. As a control group, they also submitted resumes for which no religious affiliation was mentioned.
“Including such religious information on resumes is realistic for college graduates because they generally lack extensive work histories and tend to compensate by listing involvement in extracurricular activities and volunteer experiences. These activities include participation in political, community, or identity-based organizations,” the studies indicated.
The results clearly revealed an appreciable bias against people of religious belief. For some individuals, in fact, admitting to personal faith can prove fatal to their career aspirations.
In the New England study, 8.5 percent of the control group received a phone call or email from a potential employer, compared to the 7.5 percent average of the seven religions included in the survey.
For the American South, 18.2 percent of the control group received a call or email, while the religious candidates averaged 15.7 percent.
Finally, these two studies are providing a quantitative value to what many of us have known for quite some time – a growing number of employers have a palpable animus towards the faith of prospective candidates. This also exposes the sad fact that there is currently a new unwritten anti-religious employment qualification: People of faith need not apply.
[by Jeff Allen, writing for Matt Barber’s BARBWIRE]