North Carolina Senate Majority Leader Phil Burger has his knickers in a bunch because he claims Democratic faculty members at the University of North Carolina out-number Republicans by 12:1. He claims it is because of discriminatory hiring practices. People in the real world know better, so Burger has earned our Douche Bag of The Day Award.
According to a piece in The News and Observer, Berger suggests that Republican job candidates are discriminated against when they apply for university positions, unless they “toe the line from the left.”
I’ve checked, and there is no box on the application form for “Political Party Affiliation.” I’m not sure, but I would suspect that asking for that during a job interview would at least be unethical, and may be illegal. So how exactly would the people doing the hiring even know someone’s party affiliation?
The article is an opinion piece by someone who has been involved in the hiring process at the University, he explains that there just might be some sound objective reasons why. Among the reasons he offers is: