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Goesaert v. Cleary

United States Supreme Court
335 U.S. 464 (1948)


Facts

Bar owner Valentine Goesaert and her daughter (plaintiffs) brought a class action challenging the constitutionality of a Michigan law that forbade women from bartending in any city with over 50,000 residents. The only exception was for wives or daughters of men who owned bars. Otherwise, women could work as waitresses in bars, but not bartenders. The trial court upheld the law, and Goesaert appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Frankfurter, J.)

Dissent (Rutledge, J.)

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