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The Nation: Power Switch Hitters

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Weighing the case of a Justice Department worker who had been fired for spurning the sexual advances of her boss, U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Richey last week tried to apply some firm rules of law to such indelicate situations. He came close to succeeding, then fell on his face. From his Washington courtroom, Richey decreed that under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, employees discharged for not submitting to amorous advances may bring sexual-discrimination charges against the following bosses: 1) males who try to seduce female subordinates, 2) females who make advances toward male underlings and 3) homosexuals who have eyes for employees of the same gender.

Unaccountably, Richey then left a loophole big enough to destroy all the above rules. He decided that bisexual bosses are free to impose themselves on whomever they like—presumably on the ground that they would not discriminate against workers of either sex.

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