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Colorado Anti-Discrimination Commission v. Continental Air Lines
United States Supreme Court
372 U.S. 714 (1963)
Marlon D. Green (plaintiff), who was Black, applied for a pilot position with Continental Air Lines, Inc. (Continental) (defendant). Continental refused to hire Green. Green made a complaint of race discrimination to the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Commission (the commission). The commission found that in refusing to hire Green, Continental had violated the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act of 1957, which made race discrimination in employment unlawful, and ordered Continental to enroll Green in Continental’s training program. The district court set aside the commission’s finding and dismissed the complaint, holding that application of the state antidiscrimination law to interstate airlines violated the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution and was preempted by certain federal laws. The Colorado Supreme Court affirmed the lower court’s dismissal. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Black, J.)
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