Bill Banning Racial Discrimination Proposed in New York

A bill to make it unlawful for a person or corporation with a contract for city work to discriminate against any employees or prospective employees because of their race, color or creed was introduced last night in the City Council by Councilmen Anthony J. Digiovanni. The bill would make it unlawful for any person or corporation with a city contract to ask the race, color or creed of any employee or prospective employee.

Violation would be punishable by a fine of $100 or sixty days’ imprisonment, or both. The bill was referred without debate to the committee on general welfare. It read: “It is hereby declared to be the policy of the City of New York that there shall be no discrimination in the employment of any person because of the race, creed or color of such person. It shall be unlawful for any person, concern, business, agency or bureau, whether private, public or governmental, or any corporation having a contractual relationship with the City of New York to refuse to continue in employment any person on account of the race, color or creed of such person.

“It shall be unlawful for any servant, agent or employee of any person, concern, business, agency or bureau, whether private, public or governmental, or of any corporation having a contractual relationship with the City of New York, directly or indirectly, to ask, indicate or transmit, orally or in writing, the race, color or religious affiliation of any person employed or seeking employment for such person, concern, business, agency, bureau or corporation.”

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