Constitutional Law Keyed to Cohen
Sherbert v. Verner
The Petitioner was discharged because she would not work on Saturdays, as a condition of her religion. After several attempts to gain employment, she filed for unemployment compensation and was denied by the Commission because she did not have a suitable reason for failing to accept work. The South Carolina Supreme Court sustained the findings of the Commission and the Petitioner appealed to the United States Supreme Court (Supreme Court) on the basis that the unemployment scheme abrogated her First Amendment rights under the Free Exercise Clause.
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