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Military Authorities Forbid War Industries to Check on Religion of Applicants

Following investigation of charges that some of the biggest war plants in the New York area have been checking on the race, creed and color of applicants for employment through private investigating firms, the Office of the Provost Marshal-General has inserted in war contracts, at the request of the President’s Committee on Fair Employment Practice, a clause forbidding any inquiries into or report of the race, creed or color of any investigated person, except with the permission of the FEPC, it was announced here today.

It was charged that through a number of private investigating firms the plants were able to check on the race and religion of job seekers in direct violation of the provisions of the President’s Executive Order 8802, which outlaws any consideration of a person’s race, creed, color or national origin as a factor in giving war industry employment.