Press Release

by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Washington, DC, United States
July 22, 1974
3 pages
Type: Press Release
Coverage in Africa: Namibia
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The press release says the New York City Human Rights Commission upheld a complaint brought by the American Committee on Africa, African Heritage Studies Association, One Hundred Black Men, Inc., and Judge William H. Booth and ordered The New York Times to cease and desist from the publication of commercial advertisements for employment positions in South Africa. The Commission’s eight-page decision ruled that ads for South African employment express discrimination and are, therefore, unlawful under New York law because South Africa's racially-repressive system of apartheid compels discrimination against blacks in many endeavors of life, especially including employment. The press release says the New York Human Rights Law provides that it is an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer or employment agency to print or circulate advertisements for employment which express, directly or indirectly, any limitation, specification, or discrimination as to race or color; and also makes it unlawful to aid or abet such printing or circulation. The press release says the matter was argued at a hearing before the Commission on January 14 and 30, 1974 by Douglas Wachholz of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Washington, D. C.) and Peter Weiss of the Center for Constitutional Rights (New York), lawyers for the complainants.
Used by permission of Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Collection: Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Africa Project (Douglas Wachholz collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections