Employment: When Is the Difference Unequal?

Sex has not been much of a subject for official debate since women got the vote. Now, however, as an unpredictable result of the 1964 Voting Rights Act, la différence bids fair to stir another furor. At issue is a clause in the law that bars job discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin —or sex. Among harried employers, the new law has become known as the "Bunny problem," because of an extreme but oft-cited example of the problems it may pose. Suppose, runs the hypothetical question, a man applies for...

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