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Cole v. Richardson
Citation:405 U.S. 676 (1972)
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The appellee, Richardson, was hired as a research sociologist by the Boston State Hospital. Appellant Cole is superintendent of the hospital. Soon after she entered on duty, Mrs. Richardson was asked to subscribe to the oath required of all public employees in Massachusetts. Mrs. Richardson informed the hospital’s personnel department that she could not take oath as ordered because of her belief that it was in violation of the Constitution. She was terminated and brought this suit.
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