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Family Law Keyed to Weisberg
Vaughn v. Lawrenceburg Power System
Citation:269 F.3d 703 (6th Cir. 2001)
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Keith Vaughn and Jennifer Vaughn both worked for Lawrenceburg Power System (LPS) and then later got married. LPS has an exogamy rule that states “when two employees working for the Lawrenceburg Power System are subsequently married, one must terminate employment.” LPS told the Vaughns that if they remained unmarried and merely lived together, there would be no problem with the exogamy rule, but the Vaughns decided to get married anyways in large part because they were expecting a child. LPS repeatedly asked the Vaughns which one of them was going to leave LPS in accordance with the exogamy rule. The Vaughns ultimately decided Keith would retain his job at LPS since he earned a higher income. However, Keith was later fired presumably because the Vaughns did not provide LPS with the requested letter of resignation from Jennifer. The Vaughns challenge the exogamy rule as a violation of the fundamental right to marriage.
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