Republicans need not apply.
That’s the message a town in the state of Illinois sent with a recent job opening.
Apparently, no one in the town government knew that sort of thing is illegal.
CBS News in Chicago reports:
Joliet Township Job Ad Asked For Applicants Who ‘Voted In A Democratic Primary Election’
A help-wanted ad in the suburbs raised eyebrows this week – with its suggestion that only Democrats need apply.
Such a restriction would be illegal.
The ad was posted by the Joliet Township government. They are looking for a part-time deputy town clerk.
The ad lists all the standard requirements and a job description that involves filing and answering phones.
But here’s the whoopsie – it says the candidate must have “voted in a Democratic primary election.”
Hot Air explains why they can’t do that:
This is obviously a problem According to the Illinois Equal Employment Opportunity Law, they can’t do that. The second sentence in the state’s public policy statement reads, “Political affiliation and views will not be considered in hiring, assignment of work, evaluations, or discipline (including termination).”
When the local CBS affiliate contacted the township, they were told that the office wasn’t aware that the requirement was against the law. They’ve since removed the requirement from the job listing. But the cat is pretty much out of the bag now, right?
They’re not supposed to even ask you what you’re party affiliation is when you go for an interview, but it probably wouldn’t be all that tough to figure out. Political campaigns are allowed to access voter rolls to help them work out fundraising issues and develop mailing lists.
And one would assume that the township offices include some elected officials. But even if you make it past the screening process, casual conversations with coworkers could reveal your political preferences before too long unless you’re exceedingly careful.
Leave it to Democrats to think they could get away with this.
They never even stopped to think how they would react if Republicans had done this.