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New rights panel rejects quotas to fight job bias

The reborn US Commission on Civil Rights, in a dramatic reversal of established policy, Tuesday rejected 6 to 2 the use of racial or sex-based quotas to overcome job discrimination.

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At its first meeting since Congress and the White House overhauled the panel, the commission, which has no enforcement or policy-setting powers, adopted a statement deploring the use of racial quotas to promote police lieutenants in Detroit and in general ''the use of racially preferential employment techniques, such as quotas.''

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