California law expressly prohibits discrimination in employment based upon (among other things) "ancestry." However, California courts, thus far, have not extended the definition of the term "ancestry" discrimination to include "nepotism."
Until nepotism is deemed unlawful discrimination, such conduct, while perhaps morally despicable, remains legal, unless
the local civil service hiring rules expressly prohibit nepotism in hiring. See, .e.g, City of San Francisco Civil Service Rules 213.2.1
BotXXXXX XXXXXne, while I understand your justifiable annoyance, there is nothing to fight, unless you can show that the discrimination against you directly violates the local civil service hiring rules, or stems from race, color, nationality, religion, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, disparate pay between sexes, pregnancy, age or disability.
If you can show the discrimination, then you have a case. And, you could certainly try to get a court to equate ancestry discrimination with nepotism -- if you want to be the test case. However, the statute of limitations for making a discriminatio claim with the government EEO office is 300 days -- so, if you want to file a complaint, you are running out of time.
Hope this helps.
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