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OFF BEAT: Nevadans no longer can be fired for being communists


Nevada employment practices law no longer allows employers to legally purge employees simply because they might be communists.

That is because Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval recently signed legislation into law repealing an employment practices provision dating back to the Red Scare of the 1950s.

The archaic provision excluded from the state’s legal definition of “unlawful employment practice” actions employers could take against members of the Communist Party or other groups required to register with the Subversive Activities Control Board as a communist organization.

The old provision was just recently uncovered because Nevada mandates that the state’s legislative counsel must continually search out and eliminate obsolete laws. The repealed law had not been enforced in decades, according to news reports.

The Subversive Activities Control Board was a U.S. government committee created in 1950 to investigate communist infiltration of America. Back then, Nevada employers could fire or refuse to hire people the Control Board determined were members of communist organizations.