I recently read an article about a gay person who claimed that he could not get a job and was not even invited to the interviews because of being gay.
After reading the article questions rose instantly: How did the recruiter knew that he was gay? Was he mentioning it in his CV? Well in that case it’s no wonder he couldn’t get a job.
I myself would happily hire a gay person if was a good employee, but I would never hire a gay rights activist who would spend his time at work spreading homosexual propaganda. And not because I’m against homosexuality in particularly. I’m not. I’m against all kind of activism and fanaticism especially when it happens in the wrong place. And those two are completely different cases.
I would also not hire a Muslim extremist who would demand special treatment for himself and harass women at the work place because they are not wearing burkas. Same would apply to feminists or any other aggressive extremists or activists. But I have hired lot of people who I knew were Muslims and never had any ideology relayed problems with them, because we never discussed their religion.
Many members of minority groups do not understand what equality is really about. Everyone is equal. But if a member of minority starts demanding special right for himself that is not equality anymore. If you choose to be part of minority that is your right, and no one should discriminate you. But when you start propagandizing your ideology you stop being a victim and start being an aggressor.
In most countries it is illegal to ask about private matters in the job interview, so these things come up only if the candidate tells them voluntarily. If you put wrong things in your resume and don’t get hired because of it that is you fault. The recruiter is not discriminating you, he just sees that your ideology is blurring your mind and you cannot focus on work related matters in your CV, thus will probably not be able to focus on your job either.
Some people bring too much of their personal life to the work place. You have the right to be anyone you want at your free time, but when working you should be what I pay you for. If a person is shoving too much interest for ideological issues, is bringing them to work and they are affecting his work performance you should fire him. As he clearly doesn’t know how to separate personal life and work and that will cause only problems in the future.
This applies to parents to small children as well. If you plan to neglect your work duties because you have a child, don’t expect understanding from your boss. And its not discrimination. The company wants to hire a best person for the job. And you are clearly not the one. In the company’s point of view it doesn’t matter if you neglecting your work because you have small children or because you are an alcoholic. You are still causing damage. And they can always find a person who will give required attention to the job.
But don’t get me wrong. I’m very tolerate. I would not fire you even if you committed some non-work relating crime on your free time, but I would fire you if you do not behave according to company policy while you work. Just learn the difference between your personal life and work. What happens in your personal life in none of my business. But what happens at work is 100% my business.
In the end understand the difference between being a part of minority or being a fanatic. You can be and do anything you want, for as long as you don’t start harassing other people with your ideology. No one wants to hire a fanatic. So if you are not getting the job the problem is in you.