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Constitutional Law Keyed to Rotunda
Employment Division, Department of Human Resources v. Smith
Citation:494 U.S. 872 (1990)
Respondents, Alfred Smith and Galen Black were fired from their jobs with a private drug rehabilitation organization because they ingested peyote for sacramental purposes at a ceremony of the Native American Church, of which both are members. When respondents applied to petitioner Employment Division for unemployment compensation, they were determined to be ineligible for benefits because they had been discharged for work-related misconduct.
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