When workers at Chase Manhattan Corp. talk about diversity, they mean something broader than quotas for hiring women and minorities.

In the last two years-since Chase merged with Chemical Banking Corp.-35 diversity councils have been formed throughout the bank, involving more than 700 people. The councils address melting-pot issues for people from different ethnic backgrounds-and for working parents, gay men and lesbians, older workers, people who care for elderly parents, even people with "alternative work styles."

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