Discrimination Common In Turkish Business Corporations

A comprehensive survey conducted of Turkish companies in order to identify issues related to discrimination revealed gender bias is common and gays and lesbians are subject to powerful prejudice in the workplace. The Prometheus Consulting company said the most consistent trend that emerged from their survey was that gender is a criterion in hiring, particularly when higher level positions were being filled. Turkish companies tend not to discriminate on the basis of language or skin color, but if an individual is not a Muslim or a native born Turk or happens to be female or gay, then the likelihood of being hired becomes less likely. The survey revealed it was much easier for a gay to obtain work in a multi-national of large business enterprise, but chances of finding a job in medium or small size companies were very difficult.

It appears in religiously conservative areas of Turkey that being a Muslim is an important criterion in hiring policies. The religious factor is less important in large cities, but it still plays a role in filling many positions. A surprise was that being of a different ethnic background was a negative factor in large cities but less so in small sized ones.

Dress was a factor in large corporations who are very concerned about how an individual dresses at work. For most companies in cities, headscarves, beards, long hair, or low-cut dresses were viewed negatively and might result in the individual not being hired.