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Fepc Opens Fight Against Ruling Stripping It of Power to Bar Discrimination

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The Fair Employment Practice Committee, threatened with loss of the power to enforce its rulings, has appealed to Attorney General Biddle to reverse the recent decision of Solicitor-General Warren which held that the President’s order barring racial discrimination by firms doing business with the government was merely advisory and not a mandatory requirement. A decision from Biddle is expected during the week.

In making public the FEPC’s decision to fight for its existence, the committee’s new chairman, Malcolm Ross, stated:

“The Comptroller General has recently held that the obligation implied by Executive Order 9346 upon contracting agencies to incorporate a non-discrimination clause in each contract awarded by them was not a mandatory requirement but merely a directive. In view of the doubt which this ruling has cast upon the powers and duties of the FEPC, the Committee is seeking consideration by the Attorney General of the scope and meaning of the Executive Order.”

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