Statutes: Sex & VII

Before passing the Civil Rights Act last June, Congress stipulated that Title VII—the Equal Employment Opportunity section, which forbids discrimination in hiring and firing—was not to become law before the nation had a twelve-month period to study it. Last week Title VII finally went into effect. Hopefully the yearlong study period will pay off, for the new law is one of the most complex collections of dos and don'ts passed by Congress in many a stormy session.

Title VII expressly forbids "employers, unions and employment agencies" to practice discrimination "because of race, color, religion, sex or national origin." It just as...

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