United States Supreme Court
236 U.S. 1 (1915)
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.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Pitney, J.)
Dissent (Day, J.)
Dissent (Holmes, J.)
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