Netherlands – Amsterdam plans to name and shame firms who discriminate on the job market

Amsterdam plans to tackle discrimination in the jobs market by using what city officials call ‘mystery guests’ to identify companies using unfair practices to recruit staff, reports The plan also includes ‘naming and shaming’ companies which have discriminated against job seekers. Employment Alderman Rutger Groot Wassink commented, “The chance of getting a job or internship in our city is not the same for everyone.” Groot Wassink pointed to national figures which showed 15% of workers think they have faced discrimination because of their age, sex or race. “The project will start by looking at the city’s own staff and focusing on companies in which it has a shareholding, such as Schiphol airport, the port authority and the public transport company GVB.” Amsterdam already uses mystery guests to clamp down on discriminatory door policies at clubs and bars. Groot Wassink’s plans will be discussed by city councillors on 30 January 2019.