Back of Funds May Force Fepc to Quit; Director Says Job Discrimination Mounting

The Fair Employment Practices Commission may ask to retire in a few months when its present funds of $63,000 have come to an end, the director Malcolm Ross told newsmen today after a White House conference with President Truman.

Ross said the President reiterated the hope that Congress would act on legislation now before it, calling for a permanent FEPC but Ross added that, in the meanwhite, its reduced staff of 35 made it impossible for FEPC to investigate and follow through on complaints of discrimination in employment both in Washington Government Bureaus and elsewhere in the country on grounds of race, creed and color. Ross stated that job specifications of “white Gentile only” were being reported and that minority group workers laid off by the Government and other employers are having difficulty tinding new jobs.

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