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General Motors Acts to Remove Jewish Complaint; Stresses Its Anti-bias Policy

General Motors Corporation acted yesterday to meet complaints of a Jewish die-maker, Philip Marlowe, 51, who had complained to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission that he had been refused opportunities for upgrading and harassed by fellow workers because of his religion. He also charged he had been subjected to “excessive and unequal discipline” by GM.

The corporation denied the charges but agreed to remove from the die-maker’s record two of three disciplinary suspensions in the last three years and paid him $307 representing wages he lost during the suspensions. A GM spokesman said he had been disciplined for “failure to perform work to quality standards.”

GM also promised to give him full contractual rights for upgrading and to explain to supervisory personnel at the Fisher Body Division, where Marlowe is employed, the corporation’s rules banning harassment or discrimination against employes for reasons of race, religion, color, national origin, age or sex. The issue was settled without a public hearing.