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Coppage v. Kansas

United States Supreme Court
236 U.S. 1 (1915)


Facts

In 1903, the Kansas state legislature made it unlawful for employers to require their employees to sign contracts which barred them from joining unions. Coppage (defendant), a Kansas employer, was fined by the State of Kansas (plaintiff) after he was found to have required his employees to sign such a contract as a condition of their employment. The Supreme Court of Kansas upheld Coppage’s conviction for violating the state law, and the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

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