Quiet Crackdown

Back in 1977, the federal government accused Honeywell Inc. of discriminating against women. The issue: The Minneapolis company printed internal job listings for heavy industrial jobs on blue paper--a code meant to discourage female applicants. The case languished during the 12 years that Republicans Ronald Reagan and George Bush lived in the White House. But a new squad of civil-rights cops in the Clinton Administration revived the matter and quietly forced Honeywell into a $6.5 million settlement on Sept. 8.

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