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American Jewish Congress Plans Drive on Job Discrimination

THE AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS ANNOUNCED TODAY THE PUBLICATION OF A REPORT ON JEWISH NON-EMPLOYMENT AS A RESULT OF ECONOMIC DISCRIMINATION, AND ALSO A NATION-WIDE PROGRAM TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM.

THE PROGRAM OUTLINED IN THE PAMPHLET INCLUDES ESTABLISHMENT OF BUREAUS IN COMMUNITIES WHERE THE CONGRESS HAS BRANCHES TO DEAL WITH DISCRIMINATION, DEVELOPMENT OF A PROGRAM OF EDUCATING EMPLOYERS, LEGISLATIVE CORRECTION OF AGENCY ABUSES, ELIMINATION OF QUESTIONS ON RELIGION FROM EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION BLANKS AND FORMATION OF AN ADVISORY COUNCIL OF CHRISTIAN LIBERALS.

THE REPORT, THE SECOND OF ITS KIND, WAS PREPARED BY RABBI J.X. COHEN, CHAIRMAN OF THE CONGRESS’S COMMISSION ON ECONOMIC PROBLEMS, AND IS ENTITLED “HELPING TO END ECONOMIC DISCRIMINATION.” IT SURVEYS CASES OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST JEWISH JOB-SEEKERS AND WARNS THIS IS “SOCIALLY DANGEROUS.”

THE PAMPHLET REPORTS THAT THE PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY, WALTER S. GIFFORD, AT THE LAST NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF PRESIDENT OF LOCAL COMPANIES, ADVISED HIS ASSOCIATES AGAINST PERMITTING PERSONNEL MANAGERS TO REJECT JEWISH APPLICANTS BECAUSE OF PREJUDICE, AND SHORTLY THEREAFTER ONE OF THE DEPARTMENTS OF A.T.& T. ” ALMOST UNPRECEDENTEDLY ” ENGAGED A JEWISH APPLICANT.

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