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Q. I read somewhere that it is ok sometimes to choose employees of a particular sex, national origin or religion. Isn’t that discrimination?
A. Federal, state and many local laws prohibit employers from basing employment decisions on any protected category, including an employee’s sex, national origin or religion. While there are certain exceptions, such as where a particular protected category is a bona fide occupational qualification, the exceptions are extremely narrow, as one Broadway show found out the hard way.