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N.y.c. Plans to Extend Fight Against Discrimination in Employment

The New York City Commission on Intergroup Relations announced today that it planned to extend its operations into the field of fighting employment discrimination in 1962.

Stanley H. Lowell, chairman of COIR, said that evidence indicated that employment discrimination “may well be the very foundation of all other forms of discrimination,” on which rests “such forms of discrimination as housing, education and in some instances public accommodations.”

He reported that the agency had prepared regulations for its new city contracts compliance program and that it was completing a step-by-step procedure for submission to Mayor Robert F. Wagner. This program, he said, could affect the nearly 400,000 employes of governmental and quasi-governmental agencies in New York City and some 4,000 contractors doing about $500,000,000 worth of construction for the city.

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