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The Michiganr Doily-Saturday, May 26, 1979-Page 7
FORMER EMPLOYEE CHARGES DISCRIMINATION

Justice
By VICKI HENDERSON
A racial discrimination suit against
the University recently has been han-
ded over to the U.S. Justice Depar-
tment, according to former Stockwell
Hall Building Director Mildred Morris.
Ms. Morris originally filed the com-
plaint in 1975 with the Michigan Depar-
tment of Civil Rights for her son An-
thony, who was fired from his desk-
clerk position in Stockwell.
MS. MORRIS said her son's job was
terminated because University
regulations state that relatives cannot
be in a position of supervising,
evaluating work performance or hiring
another relative. However, according
to Ms. Morris, two whites in a similar
situation were not charged.
She said the notice for her son's ter-
mination came from John Feldkamp,
former Housing Director. She said she
was made aware of the situation by her
immediate supervisor, Gerald
Burkhouse.
"I didn't supervise him (Anthony)
and I didn't give him preferential

Dept. to hear suit against 'U'
treatment," Ms. Morris said. She also or some type of compensation. The IN CASES where a public institution
said she did not have jurisdiction to hire University declined, according to Ms. is involved, the Justice Department
her son and claims she is not even sure Morris, and the case has been turned "will take a legal look" at the case,
when he had applied for the job. over to the U.S. Justice Department. Lemmer said. He said usually the
WHEN MORRIS held his job at William Lemmer, Labor Attorney at Justice Department gives the in-
Stockwell, he was a first-term the University, said the decision made dividual the right to sue," rather than
photography student as Washtenaw by EEOC is "just another step in the suing the institution itself.
Community College and held his legal process." He said nothing was "It's up to them (the Justice Depar-
position while his mother was the worked out at the conciliation con- tment) at this point," said Morris. He
building director, he said. Morris said ference because it was "thought some, said he doesn't know what his chances
he received a letter from "some one facts were omitted." of winning the suit are since the EEOC
above" his mother's position which After facts had been submitted the "has had it (the case) for a couple of
stated he was to be "terminated EEOC still found "reasonable cause" years now. It depends on how hard
because both of us couldn't work in the that it an "allegation of things are pushed by the Justice Depar-
same place." discrimination," Lemmer said. tment," he said.
The Department of Civil Rights failed
to act upon the case within a year, Ms.
Morris said, and it was then turned over Now Showing, Campus Area Butterfield Theatres
to the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission (EEOC) O ADWSFR.,A .
EEOC investigated the case and WEDNESDAY IS "GES N TE" RI.. T'ATSE.5
determined it was a case of racial "BARGAIN DAY" "GUST NIT" EVE.tNUD.AT $3.0
NON.-TNUIR.EVE. $3.00
discrimination, Morris sais. $1.50 UNTIL 5:30 MONDAY ALL MATINEES $2.50
ACCORDING TO Morris, the Univer- $ 0MAY 28th IW TO 14 $1.50
sity offered a conciliation agreement
with Morris that would have either put
him back on his job, given him back pay

GM hears protest
from stockholders
on S. Africa business

DETROIT (UPI) - A General
Motors stockholder group yesterday
renewed their fight to halt the firm's
business in racially-torn South Africa at
the annual GM stockholders meeting.
Unlike last year's meeting, which
was marred by a noisy protest of GM's
investments in South Africa, this year's
gathering was quiet and orderly. But it
was not without sharp words from some
of the 750 shareholders who attended
the meeting.
DISSIDENT stockholder groups of-
fered resolutions calling for GM to
liquidate its assets in South Africa and
to halt the sale of vehicles to that coun-
try's police and military.
Shareholder resolutions are rarely, if
ever, adopted by a corporation's
stockholders.
Also at the meeting, GM Chairman

Thomas Murphy said that despite a
continuing inflation spiral, he believed
President Carter's anti-inflation
program "can and will succeed" if
given a fair chance.
MURPHY, IN a reference to this
summer's contract talks with the
United Auto Workers union, told
stockholders organized labor also must
cooperate by keeping wage demands
within Carter's voluntary guidelines.
The president's program, Murphy
said, "makes sense" and reflects a
"strong personal commitment" to slow
the rise of prices.
The GM chairman said that despite
the firm's record $3.5 billion profit last
year, inflation has eroded the profit
margin from 10.3 per cent in 1965 to 5.5
per cent last year.

Iranian religious leader
shot by terrorist group

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Gunmen
yesterday shot and wounded a religious
leader who is a reputed member of the
secret Islamic Revolutionary Council
that controls Iran.
The Forghan group, which has killed
two revolutionary leaders in the last
month, and is pledged to continue
terrorist attacks, claimed respon-
sibility.
AYATOLLAH Hashemi Rafsanhani,
a close associate of revolutionary
leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,
was shot twice in the stomach after he
answered the door at his house in nor-
thern Tehran and struggled with three
assailants, according to reports assem-
bled by Iranian reporters.
A spokesperson at Tehran's Martyrs'
Hospital told the Associated Press that
Rafsanjani was undergoing surgery for
removal of two bullets, one of which
had damaged a kidney. Earlier, the of-
ficial Pars news agency reported the

religious leader was in satisfactory
condition.
Shortly after the shooting, in which
Rafsanjani's wife reportedly received a
minor gunshot wound in the arm, a
caller to the newspaper Bamdad said
Forgan was responsible for the attack.
The mysterious underground group
uses a mixture of leftist and Islamic
rhetoric in its communiques.
STATE RADIO said "millions of
people" participated in a second day of
emotional rallies yesterday denouncing
the United States for its criticism of
Iran's system of revolutionary trials
and executions.
Rafsanjani, 50, was a major speaker
Thursday at a rally in Tehran, the
Iranian capital. He said the hands of
U.S. Senators were "stained with
blood," as he denounced a Senate
resolution which last week expressed
"abhorrence" of Iranian executions.

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