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Jewish Community Assured That Census of Minority Employes is Not Aimed at Establishing Reverse Discr

November 30, 1971
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The chairman of the New York City Commission on Human Rights sought today to allay the fears expressed by some Jewish groups that the census of city employes now being conducted by the Commission was aimed at establishing a reverse discrimination in which minority groups, mainly blacks and Puerto Ricans, would be favored over others in hiring for city jobs.

In an “Open Letter to the Jewish Community” released to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today. Commissioner Eleanor Holmes Norton gave assurances that there would be no tampering with the civil service merit system and that no quotas would be imposed or tolerated for municipal employes.

Mrs. Norton said she issued the “Open Letter” to correct “inaccuracies” contained in stories

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