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Page 6-Friday, June 1, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Ex-city employee files bias suit against A2
By JOHN GOYER 19 charged the city with harassment, later also said the Revenue Sharing Depar-
The city denies it harassed or rejected a settlement offered by the tment is currently "waiting for more
A former employee of Ann Arbor's discriminated against Morton, Muscov- city. After the three employees rejected documentation from the city" before
planning department filed suit against tiz said. the out-of-court settlement, the
the city Tuesday in U.S. District Court The Revenue Sharing Division star- Michigan Civil Rights Department deciding whether there is cause to
in Detroit, charging the department ted its investigation after attorney Jean declined to continue its investigation. make a preliminary finding of racial
with racial discrimination, according to King filed a complaint on Morton's REVENUE SHARING investigator bs
an attorney for the city. behalf. Borgeson said yesterday in a phone in- Borgeson said the Treasury Depar-
n adition, Christopher Borgeson, KING SAID yesterday she sent the terview from Washington, that he had tment can only withhold funding from
investigator for the Revenue Sharing complaint to the Revenue Sharing travelled to Ann Arbor to investigate the particular city departmen w is
Division of the U.S. -Treasury Depar- Division because it has the authority to the charge of racial discrimination. He found in violtion of civil rights laws.
tment, said the Ann Arbor planning withhold federal funding if it finds the
departet isunde investigation by city has vilted ciCvilrights laws.pSaeRemIyetr~S
civil rights laws. tment, which investigated the case in
ACCORDING TO Melvin Muscovitz0 1977, made a preliminary finding in
attorney for Ann Arbor, former city July of that year which stated there was lowest rate in Ann Arbor
employee John Morton's complaints in some basis for Morton's charges that (Continued from Pale5)
district court and to the treasury depar- the city's planning department was
tment both charge the city's planning guilty of "harassment, salary unemployed, compared with 5.5 per 7 per cent of the work force, compared
department with racial harassment discrimination, and discrimination in cent in March and 4.7 per cent last year. with 6.7 per cent in March and 5.3 per
that led to Morton's request to be laid the assignment of work and working Some 8,300 workers were jobless in cent last year.
off in October 1977. conditions." Kalamazoo, or 6.4 per cent, compared Battle Creek reported a 7.2 per cent
Muscovitz said Morton cited personal Morton and two other city planning with 6.1 per cent in March and 5.1 per jobless rate, or 5,800 persons without
reasons when he asked to be laid off in department employees, who also cent in April 1978. jobs, compared with 6.9 per cent in
Lansing reported 15,100 persons out March and 6.4 per cent last year.
ng times may be delayed of work of 6.5 percent of the work force, Joblessness rose to 7.9 per cent in Bay
time o .5 prCent..of,.he work-for Cite with 4.100n ersons withmit wrk

MON, TUE, THUR, FR 7:30-9:50
SAT-SUN-WED 1:00-3:10-5:20-7:30-9:50 UPPER LEVEL

compared with 6.4 per cent in March
and 6 per cent last year.
THE SAGINAW jobless rate was
nearly 2 per cent higher than last year.
Some 7,200 persons were out of work, or

A y, WL ,iwP~~l p 1.U Wor ,
compared to 7.7 per cent in March and 6
per cent last year.
Flint reported 18,900 persons out of
work or 8.5 per cent of the work force.

Small ear sales inerease
eases pressure on Big 3

DETROIT (UPI) - The sudden
growth of small car sales spurred by
renewed energy concerns this spring is
taking some pressure off U.S.
automakers in meeting this year's
federal fuel economy standard.
All of the Big Three auto companies
said yesterday they are running ahead
of the government-mandated 19 mpg
corporate average for 1979 models and
that rising demand for smaller cars is
providing a little breathing room.
As of May 1, Chrysler Corp. was
leading with a corporate average fuel
economy (CAFE) of 20.4 mpg. General
Motors was next with 19.03 and Ford
Motor Co. said its average was "a com-
fortable" 19mpg.
automakers to sell more downsized
cars to balance out sales of thirstier but
more profitable big cars, the appetite of
U.S. motorists at the start of the model
year was for the larger cars and the

biggest engines.
GM told the government last fall it,
expected to squeak by with a 19.09
average for the year. Ford, even less
optimistic, estimated it would meet the
standard with no room to spare.
Only Chrysler Corp. exuded con-
fidence in filing its pre-model-year
estimate of 20.2 mpg.
HOWEVER, NONE of the companies
were counting on a rekindling of Middle
East turmoil and the resulting gasoline
shortage which puta damper on big car
sales and pushed small cars out front
with more than 55 per cent of the U.S.
market this spring.
A Ford spokesman said the full im-
pact of the small-car rush has not
shown up yet on the company's CAFE
charts, but will take more pressure off
as the year goes on.
"A couple of months ago we were just
See SMALL, Page II

S3 The Reality of
The original theatrical version of the
spectacular televison film.
BattlestaR 4:30

a special benefit for the HURON ALLIANCE and
("Candles mhe Rain, "
"Look What They've Done to My Song,"
"Beautiful People")
Also appearing SILK & STEEL
This Thursday, June 7
Whiting Raditoriam, Fint-8 PM
Tickets: 7.50, 6.50 & 5.50 available at Box Office
Reservations: 313-239-6772
Good seats still available
Proceeds will go to fight
nuclear power in Michigan

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