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Jewish Congress Charges New York Children’s Court with Bias

The American Jewish Congress charged that discrimination exists in the hiring of probation officers for Children’s Court in New York, in a complaint filed yesterday with the State Commission Against Discrimination. The complaint was directed at the presiding judge of Domestic Relations Court, of which the Children’s Court is a division, and against the city’s civil service commission and personnel officer.

Judge John W. Hill, against whom the complaint was lodged, explained that the Domestic Relations Act under which the court functions requires that where practicable a child placed on probation shall be placed with a probation officer of the same religious faith as the child. For this reason, he contended, the court must ask for religious information from applicants for the post of probation officer, It is to this questioning that the AJC objected.