Dec 18, 2017

Affirmative Action approved for Haredi community

The government approved an affirmative action law for Haredim that will designate 7% of all new government job and other public sector job postings to be only available for Haredim.
sources: Kol Hai News and Actualic

I am all in favor of affirmative action for under-represented groups. This can be a good thing to help the Haredi community get their representation and also to help get them into the marketplace when they frequently suffer from discrimination.

The only problem I see with it is the same problem I often see when a law or social directive is issued by the government specifically for Haredim. How is "Haredi" defined? If someone is having a hard time getting a job, can he just put on a black hat for his next interview at a government office and find himself employed? Usually affirmative action is to help those from a particular race or ethnicity who have been discriminated against. Haredim, on the other hand, is a social group, that is not well-defined. And especially in this case - sometimes it can go with an easy definition of showing your educational background of x years in yeshiva ketana and gedola, but here it is referring to Haredim who have gone to study for academic degrees. I do not understand how this will be implemented. How will they decide which job applicant is Haredi or not Haredi?

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