Justices to decide on global effect of Civil Rights Act

October 02, 1990|By Washington Bureau of The Sun

WASHINGTON -- American companies will get the final word from the Supreme Court, the justices promised yesterday, on whether they must obey overseas the U.S. civil rights law against job bias.

In a brief order, the court said it will decide in its just-opened term for or against global application of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which forbids employers to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion or national origin.

A deeply divided federal appeals court in New Orleans ruled in February that the law does not apply to U.S. companies employing U.S. citizens outside the U.S. borders.

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