The U.S. labor department announces that it will impose racial hiring quotas on some federally sponsored construction projects.
1971 (May 5)
The U.S. labor department announced that it would impose mandatory racial hiring quotas on federally sponsored construction projects under way in San Francisco, St. Louis, and Atlanta. The established plans for the three cities varied slightly in their formats. Overall, however, they required contractors bidding on federal or federally-sponsored projects to agree to hire a fixed percentage of minority group members by a certain date. Washington and Philadelphia were the only other two cities to have such job plans.