Equal Employnent Opportunity in Israel

Years of Activity: 2011 - 2019

Research Status:

Active
Participants: 

Attorney Sharon Avraham-Weiss, the central region commissioner of the National Commission for Equal Opportunity in Employment; Dr. Michal Frenkel; Dr. Alexandra Kalev; Dr. Ronit Kark; Shiri Lev-Ran Levi; Dr. Hadass Mandel; Prof. Guy Mundlak; Dr. Ronit Nadiv; Hagit Sarid- the research director of the Commission for Equal Opportunity in Employment; Dr. Uri Schweid; Dr. Ronit Wismel-Manor 

One of the motives for establishing this research group is the establishment of the Commission for Equal Opportunity in Employment in 2008 and its influence on the business and professional sectors and on workers’ awareness of discrimination. The group is examining discrimination and inequality in labor organizations in Israel from economic, political, legal, organizational, cultural, and psychological perspectives, with the aim of mapping the field in a way that is relevant to an understanding of the dilemmas involved in the eradication of discrimination in Israel.
 
The group is engaging in a critical discussion of the concepts of equality and equal opportunity. The premise is that the process of creating social equality requires more than just generating a mirror image of the processes that create inequality. Accordingly, the group sees the creation of equal opportunity as a process that requires the dismantling of institutions and the construction of new institutions, as well as the dismantling of organizational processes, cognitive formats, and labor markets and the construction of others in their place.
 
A central facet of the discussion is the study of organizations, because the Equal Opportunity in Employment Law is implemented by organizations and not by individuals. The group is discussing interpretations of the law and responses to it by organizations and paying attention to differences among various power groups and class groups within them. The group is examining the discriminatory behavior of individuals in the organizational and social context in which they operate – looking at the organization of work, the organization of human resources, and the organizational culture. 
 
The discussion group offers an examination of the issue of equal opportunity in a way that includes various identity groups, while maintaining the distinction between groups in terms of their unique history, their politics, and the obstacles they face.