N.Y. Legislature Outlaws Discrimination in Defense Hiring

Senator Mahoney’s bill to bar discrimination in employment in defense industries in New York State was passed by the Legislature yesterday in the closing hours of its session and sent to Governor Lehman. The Governor had urged adoption of such a measure.

The act would make it a misdemeanor for any person, firm or corporation fulfilling defense contracts to “refuse to employ any person in any capacity on account of the race, color or creed of such a person.”

The Legislature also passed the Andrews bill, which enacts into law and gives teeth to the constitutional provision against discrimination. It declares: “No person shall, because of race, color, creed or religion, be subjected to any discrimination in his civil rights by any other person or any firm, corporation or institution, or by the State or by agency or subdivision of the State.” Violation is declared to be a misdemeanor.

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