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Boston Jewish Community Council Urges More Vigorous Action on Bias

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The Jewish Community Council here proposed today that the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination adopt more forceful and vigorous methods in the future to make offenders realize that “the luxury of unlawful discrimination is expensive to them as well as to the community.” The JCC’s proposals were made in a report to the Governors Special Study Commission which is currently evaluating this state’s laws against discrimination.

Among the JCC’s recommendations were one calling for fulltime service for commissioners in the MCAD, employment of a fulltime attorney and a hearing examiner by the Commission, and less “hesitancy about going to court when need for that step is indicated.” The Council also urged that the Commission exercise its powers more vigorously, stating that the MCAD “has not realized its full potential,” and declaring “it seems that more forcefulness is desirable.”

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