Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Illegal in the US, essential in Lebanon

Interview questions that are considered illegal in the US (because they're discriminatory) are actually essential in Lebanon and "excused". It happened with someone close to me who was married, with a child and over 35. She did not get the job(s).

The questions are:
- Where were you born?
- What is your native language?
- Are you married?
- Do you have children?
- Do you plan to get pregnant?
- How old are you?
- Do you observe Yom Kippur? (In Lebanese slang, it's usually from which region are you)
- Do you have a disability or chronic illness?
- Are you in the National Guard? (not asked, but there was a long period of time where men used to mention that they were exempted from the military draft)


  1. welcome back!!
    are there any Jew left in Lebanon (you mention yom kipur)?

  2. it is not illegal in the US ...
    But it is illegal in france :)

    @ SP, there are some jews left in leb
    but they are really hard to meet
    Before the conflit in jully 2006, 200 lebanese-jewish families were coming back to leb, however I dont know what happened. Would be intersting to know.

    U might also visit a website jews of lebanon but I dont have the URL right now

  3. SP, thank you :) ABout the holiday, well I just copy pasted it from the article mentioned in the link in this post!

    As for jews in Lebanon, I really have no idea, I only knew one jew person, she was the mother of a friend whom I lost contact with since years...

    But Frenchy is right, this is the link to a blog called The Jews in Lebanon

    Frenchy, hehe yeah I know about the whole fear of discrimination, I've heard about police officers ignore certain people commiting crimes and making a lot of problems, just so these officers dont get deemed racist or something!

  4. naturally my next question is hoe did they manged during the war?
    it would be interesting to compare their situation to the one of the Israeli Arabs.

  5. the link did not appear right, so here it is again: