EMPLOYMENT: Coming of Age

The illegality of hiring practices based on race or sex has been so etched into the national consciousness that the phrase "equal opportunity employer (M/F)" needs no explanation to anyone who reads help-wanted ads. Many fewer people realize that there also is a six-year-old federal law against age bias in employment; among other things, it provides that workers aged 40 to 65 can be fired only for deficient performance or other good cause. Now the Government is stepping up enforcement of the law. Last week it won a settlement under which Standard Oil of California agreed to pay $2...

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