Law: The Other 99%

A setback for women's rights

Military veterans have been given a leg up at getting government jobs since the Civil War. To reward sacrifice and ease the transition into civilian life, the Federal Government as well as almost every state gives veterans some sort of preference over other public job seekers. In Massachusetts, the preference is permanent and absolute: veterans have a lifetime right to be hired before anyone else anytime they pass the civil service test.

Like 99.2% of the women in Massachusetts, Helen Feeney is not a veteran. As a state employee,...

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