According to a recent study conducted by the Quebec Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (Quebec’s Human Rights Commission), equally skilled and qualified candidates are 60 percent more likely to be invited to a job interview when their family name is of “Québécois origin” (as stated in the study) than if it sounds like a name of African, Arab or Latin-American origin.
The goal of the study was to measure the extent of discriminatory hiring practices existing in Quebec, and revealed a net discrimination rate of 35 percent. Put another way, one in three people whose name identified them with a racialized group was excluded from the interview process.
To find out more on this study, read my latest post on Slaw.
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