Deciphering A Racist Business Code

A California employment agency is caught illegally discriminating

In the bad old days, a company looking to fill a job selectively would call an employment agency and simply say, "Don't send me any blacks." That kind of discrimination is illegal now, but some companies still find ways of using code words to avoid job applicants on the basis of race, sex and age. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission caught Interplace, a Los Angeles employment agency, in the act. In the largest such suit to be settled, Interplace has agreed to pay $2 million for using a complex set of signals to screen out workers for its clients. Some 3,900...

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