RACE IN AMERICA: ON THE JOB: EQUALITY PAYS

CORPORATE AMERICA HAS ITS OWN REASON TO WEED OUT DISCRIMINATION--THE BOTTOM LINE

In boardrooms, racism in the workplace, like everything else, is primarily an issue of dollars and cents--as in the case of the $176 million that Texaco will pay out to settle a class-action discrimination claim, or the $500 million being demanded from Bell Atlantic in a suit filed by African-American employees last month. Their complaint, which so far incorporates the charges of 126 workers, runs the entire gamut of possible racial bias on the job, from the crudest slurs--an insulting "Nigger Application for Employment" was left on a copier--to more subtle forms of discrimination. Daniel Clark, a finance manager with an...

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