The Law: Strengthening the Weaker Sex

Of the 5,400 people that the Libbey-Owens-Ford Co. employs to make glass in Toledo, only 200 are members of the "minority" group that makes up more than half the city's population. Just like their fellow workers, they want overtime pay and a crack at the tough jobs that lead to advancement. But because they are women, a state law bars them from working more than nine hours a day or six days a week and from regularly lifting more than 25 lbs. The women also charge that company policy makes them the last hired and first fired. Taking their...

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