Law: Bigger Than Bakke?


The headline-grabbing Bakke decision last summer left open more questions about reverse discrimination than it answered. The Supreme Court outlawed explicit racial quotas for admission to universities receiving federal funds, while ruling that race could still be a factor in selecting applicants. But the court did not say how far employers could go with affirmative-action programs designed to give minorities a break, programs that often use quotas and also affect millions of workers.

Last week the court decided to face that issue. It agreed to review the case of Brian Weber, 32,...

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