147 Complaints of Job Bias Filed with President’s Committee

President Eisenhower’s Committee on Government Contracts which is empowered to enforce anti-discrimination clauses of government contracts, reported here yesterday that it had received 147 complaints of bias in hiring or promotion in the past two years. The committee is headed by Vice President Richard M. Nixon.

Of the total, the committee had disposed of 71 cases and is still working on the remainder. The disposition consisted of “corrective action” in 21 cases, findings of no violation in 21 others, dismissal of 16 cases for lack of jurisdiction, and dismissal of 13 cases for inadequate information. The committee said that many more complaints would have been filed except for a general “reluctance” on the part of victims.

Addressing an American Jewish Committee meeting in this city yesterday, Dr. John Slawson, executive vice-president of the AJC, declared that United States industry could save “many billions of dollars” by helping to banish racial discrimination. Accepting people for their individual worth would save “astronomical sums now lost in purchasing power, skilled executives and labor, and social problems produced by discriminatory practices,” he said.

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