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Census 2000 could make EEOC compliance more difficult.

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In case you didn't notice while you were filling out your Census 2000 form a few months ago, there's been a major revision in the format: Individuals may now identify themselves as members of more than one . In other words, if you consider yourself both Asian and white, you may now check both race boxes.

As a result of this new standard, the five basic race categories can now yield 63 different racial combinations. What does that mean for ? Most likely a whole new set of Equal Opportunity issues to comply with. "The big question is, how will all this new information affect affirmative-action plans and civil-rights monitoring and enforcement?" asks Deron Zeppelin, director of governmental affairs for the Society for Human Resource in Alexandria, Virginia.

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