Czech job adverts often discriminate, according to state inspectors

Despite Czech law prohibiting employment discrimination based on gender, age, health, citizenship, or race, discriminatory practices were found in 80% of companies

Jason Pirodsky

Written by Jason Pirodsky Published on 24.04.2019 16:29:33 (updated on 24.04.2019) Reading time: 1 minute

According to Czech law, the right to employment cannot be denied to potential applicants based on gender, age, race, health or citizenship.

But among a survey of 258 employers in the Czech Republic last year by the State Labor Inspection Office (Státní úřad inspekce práce), discriminatory hiring practices were found in 219 of them – more than four out of every five.

Inspectors specifically targeted advertisements for job vacancies posted by the employers, and often found that adverts that were specifically asking for employees of a specific gender or age – for example, seeking a retiree to work as a cashier, or a woman to work as a cleaner.

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“The subject of the inspections was most frequently advertised vacancies with potentially discriminatory language, such as seeking […] female maids, female students, female hostesses, salesmen or saleswomen, male or female assistants, waiters or waitresses, etc.,” Richard Kolibač,a spokesperson for the Inspection Office, told Česká televize.

During a similar inspection two years ago, the State Labor Inspection Office investigated 117 companies, and found unequal or discriminatory practices in 109 of them.

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Last year, the Office handed out 53 fines for a total of 253,000 crowns to employers that had violated the Czech Republic’s employment laws.

The worst practices were found in smaller companies that did not have a human resources department.

“Employers continue to see nothing wrong in [specifically] seeking, for example, a retired woman for a cashier position,” Kolibač said.

“The notion of discrimination based on gender or age is not yet sufficiently rooted in the awareness of smaller Czech employers.”

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