Statement of Carlos E. Castañeda before the U.S. Senate Regarding the Need for a Fair Employment Practices Commission, March 12, 1945
During World War II, Carlos E. Castañeda served as the assistant director and then director of the regional office of the Fair Employment Practices Committee, spending a good deal of his time traveling throughout the Southwest gathering information about the discrimination that Mexican Americans experienced in the workplace. Even though he was frustrated by the inability of the FePc to change patterns of prejudice, he, along with many other Mexican American leaders, supported a continuation of the committee's work after the war. Castañeda read this statement before the Senate subcommittee considering a bill to prohibit employment discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, or ancestry.1 It summarizes the extent of the problem as he encountered it during the war. Unfortunately, the bill did not pass the Senate, and federal legislation outlawing employment discrimination would not be passed for another twenty years.