Discrimination in business: the government “draws a gloomy report”

The Minister of Labor received on Wednesday a new report on the “fight against discrimination in the workplace”.

Discrimination in hiring remains a reality. In any case, this is the observation made by the Minister of Labor Myriam El Khomri who received this Wednesday a new report relating to the “fight against discrimination in the workplace”. “Men and women of supposed North African origin can be clearly excluded from the selection procedures in certain companies. Let’s not pretend to ignore it, ”she said on Wednesday when handing over the 80-page document, the second in a year and a half. To reach this conclusion, which Myriam El Khomri considers “dark”, even “overwhelming”,

This report is the result of a working group between associations and unions, chaired by Jean-Christophe Sciberras, former president of the national association of HRDs. His name appeared last year on the occasion of the publication of a previous report by the same working group which spoke out against the generalization of the anonymous CV. This controversial measure, enshrined in the law of 2006 but never applied, was finally repealed by the Rebsamen law of August 17, 2016.

This time, the working group, which brought together associations, unions and employers’ organizations – the latter slammed the door in September – notably offers training in non-discrimination in companies with more than 300 employees, a communication campaign “Skills first ”, or group action against discrimination. These measures have already been taken up by the government, currently under discussion in Parliament within the framework of the Equality and Citizenship bill.

Other measures are recommended, such as a “vade mecum of good business practices to ensure equal treatment of candidates for employment” or even a “development of training for recruiters in very small and medium-sized enterprises”.

These proposals risk being forgotten because the social partners are already windy. “Two years of meetings, proposals from unions and the government announces … an experiment” denounces in a tweet Sophie Binet (CGT).

For their part, employers’ organizations “regret the accusatory tone of the report against companies and denounce dogmatic proposals far removed from their realities” they write in a joint press release. This report is “totally dependent on companies” deplores Thibault Lanxade, vice-president of Medef in charge of SMEs, who sees in this file “a very political subject” with the approach of the elections.