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Constitutional Law Keyed to Barnett
Sherbert v. Verner
Citation:374 U.S. 398 (1963)
The Appellant was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a Protestant Church whose members observe the Sabbath on Saturday (rather than Sunday). The Appellant was fired by her employer because she would not work on Saturdays. After she could not obtain other employment, the appellant filed a claim for unemployment under the South Carolina Unemployment Compensation Act. In an administrative proceeding before the South Carolina Employment Security Commission, the commission held that the appellant’s restriction on work disqualified her for benefits based on a provision that disqualified certain workers who “fail, without good cause, to accept ‘suitable work when offered . . . by the employment office or the employer.'” Appellant appealed based on infringement on her First Amendment right to Free Exercise of Religion.
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