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The International Network of Women in Technology (WITI) will hold its first general meeting in Mountain View, CA, on 1/19 and in Los Angles on 1/26. (Paid reservations of $15/$25 required one week in advance.) The announced speaker is Kathleen Bernard (NC Supercomputing Center), a former senior policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. WITI will have seminars, workshops, electronic communications, a newsletter, job hotline, resource database, and a statistical database for social research. The Founding Executive Director is Carolyn Leighton (witi@cup.portal.com; (818) 990-1987; MCI 439-6466), president of Criterion Research in Southern California. For Bay Area information, contact Carolyn.Turbyfill@eng.sun.com or call (415) 336-1007. [Michelle Levander, SJM, 1/6, and Scott Hazen Mueller (scott@zorch.sf-bay.org), ba.announce, 1/5.]

There's a new discussion list, SWIP-L, for the Society for Women in Philosophy and for others interested in feminist philosophy and jobs for feminist philosophers. Send a "sub SWIP-L " message to listserv@cfrvm.cfr.usf.edu. [Linda Lopez McAlister/Hypatia (dllafaa@cfrvm.bitnet), Arachnet, 1/6.]

Newsweek (12/9) had an article about million-dollar settlements for age-discrimination cases. It takes years to win money, though, and victors claim that they get little except vindication. Discrimination in forced retirements is hard to prove, and discrimination in hiring is even more so. Further, one federal court has ruled that it is not discrimination to replace expensive people with cheaper ones -- as long as age is not a factor.

Employers are unhappy with the immigration act of '86. They face thousands of dollars in fines if they hire illegal aliens, and similar fines if they discriminate against legal immigrants. The net result may be an increase in discrimination. Victims of discrimination can contact the Office of Special Counsel, U.S. Dept. of Justice, (800) 255-7688. For questions about the law, contact the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, (800) 755-0777. To report illegal hiring practices, write to your local INS office. [Steve Johnson, SJM, 11/3.]