I noticed something at our first OBGYN visit. This particular OBGYN’s office was called “Associated Women’s Healthcare”. After going, though, it should be called “Healthcare Administered by Associated Women.”
We arrived and all of the front desk people were women. We went back and both nurses we saw were women. The phlebotomist was a woman. The sonographer was a woman. The billing and insurance person was a woman. Last but not least, the doctor was a woman. There wasn’t a single man in the entire office, except the fathers-to-be.
There were women of all sizes, shapes, ethnicity, and background, but there was not a single man to be found.
I hesitate to believe that there just wasn’t a single qualified male doctor, nurse, phlebotomist, sonographer, or administrative assistant out there…
So why is it OK for this office to clearly discriminate against men in their hiring practices?
One of my favorite programs is NPR’s Planet Money. They have a twice weekly podcast as well as a blog they keep up. They regularly do stories for one of my other favorite programs, This American Life. They have this incredible way of making economics relevant and interesting to people who aren’t economists. It’s an incredible feat.
Here’s the deal though… just check out the names:
- Adam Davidson, Correspondent
- David Kestenbaum, Correspondent
- Chana Joffe-Walt. Correspondent
- Jacob Goldstein, Correspondent
- Alex Blumberg, Contributing Editor
This is a list of some of the most Jewish names I’ve ever encountered. Now, certainly they have scores of staffers and interns who don’t have Jewish heritage, but it appears you have to have a very pronounced Jewish heritage to be an on-air personality for this show.
Look, I don’t have anything against women or Jews. I’m just saying, can you really so blatantly get away with stacking the cards with one class of individual without incurring the wrath of the government? Or do those anti-discrimination laws only apply to workplaces that are white, upper-middle-class, and male-dominated?