The company I am working for (in IT) has recently published job openings in the area I am working in. My superior asked me, among other colleagues, to support him evaluating the applications, as we do not have a human resources manager in charge of this.
At the moment, there are two applicants, both coming from the middle east. When I talked to him about the applicants today, he told me that the very first employee he hired also came from the middle east. This person has apparently not been sufficiently qualified for the job and the contract was terminated very soon. He then went on to say that he felt "uneasy" about the two applicants and did not consider them for the position advertised because they came from the same region as his first employee and his negative experiences with this person.
Edit: The position they applied for is not in academia - it is about providing IT support for a department in a completely different academic discipline.
I felt quite clearly that my superior, who is in charge of the application process, would reject the two applications because of racial prejudice.
What can I do in this situation? I do not consider my superior a particularly malevolent person - in fact, as far as my job is concerned, I do not have any complaints about his behaviour. Still, I think it is my moral obligation to try to remedy some of the injustice here or at least make it known somehow. I would like to give the two people who were rejected a fair chance in the application process or, if this is not possible, try to take measures that avoid discrimination in the future.
I am not particularly attached to my job here, but I don't like burning bridges if this is not neccessary, either. Also, I am afraid of an open confrontation with my superior because of personal reasons (I am generally quite afraid of arguing with other people) and because my impression is that he probably would not understand the point I am making.
Some final, legal remarks: I live in Germany and work at a German university. I am aware that the behaviour of my superior is illegal based on Section 1 in conjunction with Section 2(1) AGG. However, it might be hard to prove in court as my superior only spoke to me about this topic and did not put it down in writing. He might easily argue he rejected the applicants because the job requires a near-native level of German - a qualification neither of the applicants appears to have.