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Secretary of Labor Pledges U.S. Effort to Ban Bias in Employment

Secretary of Labor W. Willard Wirtz informed Jewish leaders here this weekend that the Government will make a greater effort to enforce laws banning religious discrimination in employment. He discussed the issue at a private meeting between Federal officials and representatives of the American Jewish Committee. The meeting was called after the Committee charged that some major defense contractors were discriminating against Jews and, to some extent, also against Catholics, in high management appointments. Mr. Wirtz expressed concern about the problem, and indicated that he intended to take steps to make sure that Federal laws against such discrimination were fully enforced.