Government Action Against Discrimination

  • Barbara R. Bergmann


The U.S. government took action against discrimination in employment for the first time in June 1941. The country had not yet entered World War II, but the Roosevelt Administration was engaged in maximizing the production of armaments and keeping up an adequate flow of consumer goods while millions of male workers were being drafted into the armed forces. A. Phillip Randolph, head of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, a union of black male railroad workers, was incensed by the exclusion of blacks from the new jobs in the defense plants, and saw an opportunity to advance the cause of racial justice. He threatened the Administration with a march of black people on Washington if something was not done about discrimination against blacks in employment.


Sexual Harassment Government Action Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Occupational Segregation Internal Revenue Service 
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