Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Title VII, employees are offered certain protections under the law.
However, section f states that
(f) The term “employee” means an individual employed by an employer, except that the term “employee” shall not include any person elected to public office in any State or political subdivision of any State by the qualified voters thereof, or any person chosen by such officer to be on such officer’s personal staff, or an appointee on the policy making level or an immediate adviser with respect to the exercise of the constitutional or legal powers of the office.
Yet it also states the following:
The exemption set forth in the preceding sentence shall not include employees subject to the civil service laws of a State government, governmental agency or political subdivision.
So are county clerks protected under Title VII or are they exempt because the position is an elected position?