Perry Mason refuses to hire women or men from poor familes

by Angelica Basile - 2016.12.16

It doen’s matter if you are male or female if you want to work in an American law office, what matters most is whether you are rich or poor. A mega-study, recently published in the American Sociological Review, demonstrated the results after having sent 300 resumes to different law offices throughout the U.S. For the most part, the resumes were almost identical in terms of content (work experience/internships), with the exception of little bits of information that the authors placed strategically here and there, between the lines. And it was precisely this information that suggested social class. For example, family names (the common last name “Cabot” as opposed to the affluent “Clark”), hobbies (country music rather than classical, soccer as opposed to polo or sailing). Not to mention the Law School, which ended up being a decisive factor in receiving a job offer. In addition, the law executives preferred bringing in a much larger number of men for interviews than women, whose resumes suggested a priveleged background. But, when it came to women, social class or education and professional training were not factored in at all. In fact, women were almost all automatically excluded because, sooner or later, they would ask for materinity leave.

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