NC Department of Administration violates its own policy on partisan recruiting
So much for equal opportunity:
The N.C. Republican Party is helping Gov. Pat McCrory recruit like-minded applicants to fill hundreds of state government jobs.
“State employees should be hired based on what they know, not who they know,” said Dana Cope, president of the State Employees Association of North Carolina. “No public service job should be awarded on partisan politics, and it is illegal to do so.”
In the weekly email, Poole sends a spreadsheet of available jobs and a link to a public website listing openings. He initially received the list each week from the Department of Administration but now pulls it from the website himself. He said he doesn’t offer recommendations for applicants who express interest, saying they must go through the process “on their own merit.”
Bolding mine. This proves that this plainly discriminatory process was at least facilitated, if not initiated, by the NC DoA itself. I'm not sure if Dana is correct about the illegality of this partisan recruitment, but it definitely goes against the Department's policies:
Department of Administration Internal Operating Policies
Section: Human Resources Management Number: HRM-001
Subject: Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Eff. Date: 1-1-2003
Approved by: Secretary Swinson Page 1 of 1
Purpose: To implement an EEO Plan fully committed to equal and fair personnel practices including, but
not limited to the recruitment, hiring and retention of employees.
It is the policy of DOA, as well as the State of North Carolina, that neither race, religion, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, political affiliation, nor handicapping condition is to be considered in the recruitment and selection of new employees of the State; selection of employees for promotion, training, career development, transfer, demotion for fiscal purposes, and/or reduction-in-force; administration of disciplinary policies or termination for cause; and establishment of rates of pay including the awarding of salary adjustments and/or annual salary increases.
Again, bolding mine. If this policy has been revised in any way, the DoA's website needs to reflect such. If it hasn't, the media needs to be asking why the Department is violating its own policies.