If you’ve ever applied for a job, you have probably noticed somewhere some fine print declaring that the employer is an “Equal Opportunity Employer” (EOE) and then there’s listed a number of protected classes of people the employer is committed to avoid discriminating against in hiring, promotion, and discipline. The State of Ohio’s EOE statement, for example says:
The State of Ohio is an equal opportunity employer committed to compliance with federal, state, laws and Gubernatorial Executive Orders prohibiting discrimination, discriminatory harassment and retaliation. Where discrimination is suspected, employees are encouraged to use the State of Ohio’s discrimination complaint process. Employment decisions in state government will be made on the basis of merit, fitness and equality of opportunity and without unlawful discrimination on the basis of:
— National origin/Ancestry
— Sexual harassment
— Veteran status
— Sexual Orientation
— Gender Identity
— Military status
— Genetic information
In addition to providing protections on the basis of the above categories, some federal, state, and local laws protect persons who are discriminated against because they are perceived to be in a protected class.
Ohio’s EOE policies apply to both classified and unclassified positions.
In addition, the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS) on the standard State of Ohio job application informs the applicant that they have the option of self-reporting their membership to a protected class under the State of Ohio’s EOE policies so that the agency can keep statistics about its applicant pool.
The information is used strictly for statistical purposes, but in part, it’s designed to give the hiring authority some protection from litigation that its hiring processes are somehow discriminatory because the manner in which positions are advertised or applied to somehow shuts a protected class from applying. You can easily disprove such claims if you can show your applicant pool, in fact, had a wide diversity of applicants.
So, guess what Governor-elect Kasich’s Fix Ohio Now website is missing? Both a stated EOE policy and any attempt to obtained demographical statistics of their applicant pool!
In other words, Kasich’s decision to forgo using the Ohio Department of Administrative Services for his transitional hiring in a failed attempt to hide who he was considering for various appointed positions, not only gave his Administration an early black eye on transparency, but it could potentially expose the State of Ohio to employment discrimination litigation claims that Kasich’s poor Human Resources practices make it difficult for Ohio to defend.
And if the State of Ohio is sued, our Governor’s response will then be:
"One of the most under-reported elements of my campaign is that I had a woman campaign manager, I have a woman lieutenant governor, I have a woman finance chairman, and I’m married to a woman with two daughters, OK? I’ve said all along, I really wish I could get some guys around me.”
And as far as employment websites go, the FixOhioNow site is pretty poor. It doesn’t even educate potential applicants what jobs are available, the minimum or expected qualifications and skill sets for those jobs, or anything. Basically, all you’re asked is to check off which State agencies you wish to work for and what category of positions you want to be considered among:
- Administrative Assistant
- Human Resources
- Information Technology
What are Operations? I guess if you have to ask, you aren’t qualified. This FixOhioNow website has all the appearances of being just a sham. I can’t believe this is honestly how the Administration is going about to find and hire applicants for these jobs.
In wholly unrelated news, John Kasich just named another old white man to a Cabinet position. This time its retired Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa. No word yet if any of these guys applied through FixOhioNow.
Given that Testa is already retired from the County, I would imagine that means that Kasich is getting yet another Cabinet official who will be “double dipping” taxpayers: getting a paycheck from a public service job while also drawing a public service pension.
Think Testa would take this gig if Kasich was planning on ending the practice of “double dipping” as a way to save the State money? Yeah, me either.