Should political affiliation be a protected class?

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Should political affiliation be a protected class?

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  1. dblack
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    I was reading that California has declared political affiliation to be a protected class with regards to anti-discrimination legislation. Seems kind of crazy to me. What do you all think?
     
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    For what it's worth, public employees can't claim political affiliation discrimination under the New Jersey constitution, based on the political affiliation of a relative..

    Public Employees Cannot Claim Political Affiliation Discrimination Under the NJ Constitution, Based on the Political Affiliation of a Relative

    The The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 also protects governmental employees from being discriminated against, on the basis of their political affiliation..

    Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Status as a Parent, Marital Status and Political Affiliation
     
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    No. Political affiliation should not, IMO, be a protected class. It should not be so because all it takes to have a political affiliation is ticking a box on a form. That's about as durable as a hairstyle.
     
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    What does durability have to do with anything?
     
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    Inasmuch as you've asked that question -- and I'm not chiding you for asking it; I respect that you don't understand what I meant and want to understand -- and inasmuch as I don't right now care to be didactic enough to explain it, we're done conversing on the matter.
     
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    FWIW, you may find one or more of the following documents helpful in obtaining an understanding of what durability has to do with it.
    1. The Importance of Immutability in Employment Discrimination Law
    2. The Naked Truth: Appearance Discrimination, Employment, and the Law
    3. Unifying Antidiscrimination Law Through Stereotype Theory
    4. Clustered Bias
    5. Discrimination by Comparison
    Of the listed papers, I suggest you read numbers one and four first. Regardless of which you read, please be very cognizant of the rhetorical purpose of the papers; that context is critical to understanding what is being discussed in each of them. None of the papers is the sort wherefrom one can strip out and cite a sentence or two and think it's going to fit any situation; context, as always, is "everything."
     
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    Apparently several states have done this. And it does seem like a really bad idea to me. I realize socialists have an agenda that celebrates any government encroachment on business, but this is worse than I thought.
     
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    Sure, as long as I'm on the committee that decides which political affiliations get protected. jk lol.
     
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    Ayup. That's exactly the problem.
     
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    "protected class" is one of the most discriminatory terms that have ever came from our govt.
     
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