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N.Y. Governor Orders All State Agencies to Fight Discrimination

A sweeping executive order was issued yesterday by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller to coordinate the fight of New York state agencies against all forms of discrimination.

The code calls on state agencies to exercise special care to assure that discrimination was neither practiced nor helped in state employment services to the public, administration of state financial aid and public contracts. The order includes a warning against discriminatory practices developing in any way through the conduct of “the state’s representatives.”

New York state agencies performing employment or placement services were ordered to refer to the State Commission Against Discrimination any information “concerning employers believed to engage in discriminatory practices.” Such information also may be sent to the Industrial Commissioner or the Attorney General.

The code gives state licensing and regulatory agencies authority to take action against persons in their Jurisdiction who are found by SCAD to have engaged in discriminatory practices. Discrimination is barred in the appointment, assignment and promotion of state employees, Public contracts awarded by New York State must contain the anti-discrimination clauses of the state labor law.

Governor Rockefeller ordered that copies of the code be sent to all state employees and posted prominently in all state facilities.

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