DISCRIMINATION: Goals That Look Like Quotas

THE Government took two jolting steps last week to eliminate discriminatory hiring and promotion practices in business. In one case, American Telephone and Telegraph Co. agreed to pay $38 million in back pay and raises to thousands of women, blacks and other employees who were discriminated against. The Labor Department also ordered Bethlehem Steel Corp. to improve its job opportunities for blacks by revising its seniority system, an area usually regarded as a key preserve of management and unions. The moves, the farthest-reaching the Government has yet taken to root out bias in business, sent a chill of concern...

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