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bona fide occupational qualification n: a requirement (as relating to sex, religion, national origin, or age) for a particular job that does not violate the constitutional bans on discrimination see also Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Age Discrimination in Employment Act in the Important Laws section equal employment opportunity commission in the Important Agencies section amendment xiv to the Constitution in the back matter compare disparate impact, disparate treatment
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