Setsuko Honma was dismayed when she learned of the contents of a bill to revise the Equal Employment Opportunity Law that was submitted Tuesday to the Diet.

"I expected this revision to be designed to ban indirect discrimination (against women in the workplace) through the dual career track system," said Honma, who worked at trading house Kanematsu Corp. for 40 years. "But (the revised law) seems useless."

In 1995, Honma and five other women filed a lawsuit against Kanematsu for what the plaintiffs called a discriminatory dual-track career system that has kept wages for women lower than for their male colleagues doing the same jobs.