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Philadelphia Jews to Study Effect of Fair Employment Law

December 31, 1952
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A survey to determine whether new job opportunities hare been opened to Jews since enactment of Philadelphia’s Fair Employment Practices law four years ago will be undertaken by the Philadelphia Jewish Community Relation Council.

Leon I. Mesirov, president of the council, announced that Joseph Schwartz, manager of the Knitgoods Workers Union of the I. L. G. W. U. and vice-president of the Jewish Labor Committee, would head a special business-labor advisory committee, to make the survey. The survey comes after two years of preparation and preliminary planning by the council’s policy and action committee.

“Job discrimination based on religion is very often more subtle and difficult to ferret out then is discrimination for other reasons,” Mr. Mesirov declared. He pointed out that there had been, relatively few complaints by Jews filed with the Commission on Human Relations and said that. “knowing the amount of resources and effort that has gone into the task of securing such laws, there is a natural desire to determine which industries and unions, have opened their doors to Jews and provided new opportunities to them in employment, and which nave remained closed despite enactment of such laws. “

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