JOBS: More Seniority for the Victims

In a symbolically important decision last week, the Supreme Court struck a blow for workers denied jobs because of their race or sex. The court ruled 5 to 3 that if victims of proven hiring bias later manage to get work with the offending firm, they must be granted seniority, pension and other benefits retroactive to the time that they were originally thumbed down. Thus if a black had been rejected for a job because of bias in, say, 1971, and finally hired in 1973, he would now be entitled to five, instead of three, years of seniority and...

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