Protection for Communist
The Nevada state personnel system is required to provide all citizens with a fair and equal employment opportunity for public service. [LexisNexis: "Nev. Rev. Stat. § 284.010"]. Actions concerning state personnel are to be based on "merit and fitness," and discrimination is prohibited. [LexisNexis: "Nev. Rev. Stat. § 281.370"].
To that end, the Nevada Department of Personnel is responsible for establishing, coordinating and evaluating an affirmative action program for Nevada state government employment. This plan is designed to assist in achieving goals for minority representation in state employment, and breaking down systemic barriers to minority hiring. The plan does not require any hiring preferences for minority applicants based on race, gender, national origin or similar minority characteristics. This plan can be found at Nevada Department of Personnel's website.
Hiring Preferences in Public Employment and State Contracting
State government hiring and contractors on state construction projects must follow some additional hiring preferences under state law. For instance, disabled veterans, members of the Nevada National Guard and state residents get preference on competitive examinations for state government positions.
Members of the Nevada National Guard who submit a letter of recommendation from the commanding officer of the member's unit get a five-point preference. Disabled veterans get a 10-point preference. Veterans and widows or widowers of veterans get a five-point preference. Current residents also get a five-point preference.
The state and political subdivisions must give preference first to honorably-discharged military personnel who are citizens of Nevada and second to other Nevada citizens. Only citizens or wards of the United States, or those honorably discharged from the US military, may be employed by the state or any political subdivision. [LexisNexis: "Nev. Rev. Stat. § 284.260"]; [LexisNexis: "Nev. Rev. Stat. § 284.253"]; [LexisNexis: "Nev. Rev. Stat. § 281.060"]; [LexisNexis: "Nev. Rev. Stat. § 284.254"].
With some exceptions, contractors on state construction projects must give preference to the same categories of applicants as above in hiring employees for such contracts. [LexisNexis: "Nev. Rev. Stat. § 338.030"]. Violation of these preferences and other laws pertaining to government contractors is a criminal misdemeanor, and may bring further administrative penalties. [LexisNexis: "Nev. Rev. Stat. § 338.090"].
The Nevada Apprenticeship Council is a state government body that promotes, coordinates and accredits voluntary training opportunities in apprenticeship trades. [LexisNexis: "Nev. Rev. Stat. § 610.010"] et. seq. Among the Council's purposes are to promote equal opportunity for training and future employment for all, without regard to race, sex and other minority attributes. As a result, each approved apprenticeship program must have an affirmative action plan as defined by federal EEO regulations. However, no actual preferences are required for any program or class of applicants. [LexisNexis: "Nev. Rev. Stat § 610.020"]; [LexisNexis: "Nev. Rev. Stat. § 610.144(2)(a)"].
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Nevada Equal Rights Commission
Nevada Department of Administration; Public Works Division