ERIC Number: ED076807
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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The Negro in the Insurance Industry. The Racial Policies of American Industry.
Fletcher, Linda Pickthorne
The structure of the insurance industry, its employment figures, and factors influencing such employment are analyzed in this study. Regional assessment of the insurance companies' progress toward equal employment was inconclusive due to many variables, although it was indicated that companies in the Eastern region of the country are by far the most progressive. An unexpected pattern observed in Negro employment was that some Pacific Coast and Midwest insurers demonstrated less willingness to pursue nondiscriminatory employment practices than some Southern companies of a comparable size. However, a more definite conclusion may be drawn concerning the effectiveness of the industry, in improving Negro employment in the higher-level white collar positions. In this area the insurers' record is not at all favorable and any advances will probably not occur for some time. The restraining factor is the companies' policy of promoting from within, largely on the basis of seniority. However, improvements have been made by insurers as a whole in the employment of Negroes which should be viewed as at least a positive step forward. (MF)
Descriptors: Black Employment, Blue Collar Occupations, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Employment Statistics, Insurance Companies, Insurance Occupations, Labor Market, Personnel Policy, Racial Distribution, Service Occupations, White Collar Occupations
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, Philadelphia, PA 19104 ($5.95)
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Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.