THE CALIFORNIA FAIR EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES LAW
On the 18th of September the State Fair Employment Practices Law (FEPC) became effective thus ending a 14 year fight for legislation to prohibit racial and religious discrimination in employment in California.
The first FEPC bill was introduced by me in 1945 and I have alternated during each succeeding Session with other Legislators in authoring such legislation.
Adoption of the FEPC Law does not mean, however, that the fight against job discrimination is ended, but rather that we now have in California the legal machinery to assist us in obtaining equal employment opportunities for all our citizens.
It, therefore, becomes most essential that we understand the law and how to properly use it. The enclosed material is sent to you for this purpose.
Under the law, an FEPC Office is soon to be established in the downtown area of Los Angeles. In the meantime all inquiries or communications (including complaints alleging discrimination) can be sent to the head of the new Division, Mr. Edward Howden, 965 Mission Street, San Francisco.
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EXPLANATION OF THE FEPC LAW:
Makes the opportunity to seek, obtain, and hold employment without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, or ancestry a civil right and the public policy of our State.
2. COMMISSION - CREATION AND POWERS:
Creates as a new division in the Department of Industrial Relations a State Fair Employment Practices Commission of five members.
NOTE: The Commissioners have now been appointed by the Governor. Chairman of the Commission is former Los Angeles County Supervisor, John Anson Ford.
Powers of the Commission include receiving, investigating, hearing and passing on complaints involving discrimination. It has the power to issue orders to eliminate discrimination if found to exist.
Orders may be issued by the Commission directing the person found guilty of discrimination to stop such discrimination and to hire, restore to employment or membership, promote, etc. the person discriminated against.
The Commission may enforce its orders through the courts. Violation of an order of the Commission is a misdemeanor.
AUGUSTUS F. HAWKINS