Study Shows Discrimination is Worst in Smaller Companies

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Ryerson University and University of Toronto

The report shows that small Canadian companies are more likely than larger companies to discriminate against job applicants with Asian names, regardless of the skills and qualifications of the candidates.

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The report examines whether discrimination varies according to the size of the organization and other topics including whether discrimination is minimized through the use of modern human resource management processes.

In a study of data from a 2011 Canadian employment audit, researchers from Ryerson University and University of Toronto assessed the extent of discrimination experienced by applicants with Asian names (Chinese, Indian or Pakistani) and explored whether it varies according to the size of the hiring organization. The review of nearly 13,000 applications for over 3000 job postings in Toronto and Montreal revealed several insights.