Gross v. University of Tennessee

448 F. Supp. 245 (1978)

From our private database of 45,900+ case briefs, written and edited by humans—never with AI.

Gross v. University of Tennessee

United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
448 F. Supp. 245 (1978)

Facts

Charles Gross and James Grant (the professors) (plaintiffs) worked as professors at the Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences (TCHS), part of the University of Tennessee (Tennessee) (defendant). Since 1958, TCHS had a policy of preventing faculty from working another job, the aim of which was to ensure that faculty devoted all their time and energy to their teaching duties. Beginning in 1972, TCHS asked all faculty to sign an income-limiting agreement. The professors were terminated for cause after refusing to sign the agreements, and they brought suit against TCHS and Tennessee, alleging violations of due process and equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment, and antitrust violations. In their suit, the professors alleged that the Fourteenth Amendment afforded them a right to work outside of their regular employment. With respect to equal protection, the professors alluded to other faculty members who were not required to sign the agreements. Testimony from the dean contradicted this claim. TCHS moved for summary judgment.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Wellford, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 734,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.

    Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.

    Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee

Here's why 734,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 45,900 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership
Here's why 734,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
  • Reliable - written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students
  • The right length and amount of information - includes the facts, issue, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents
  • Access in your class - works on your mobile and tablet
  • 45,900 briefs - keyed to 984 casebooks
  • Uniform format for every case brief
  • Written in plain English - not in legalese and not just repeating the court's language
  • Massive library of related video lessons - and practice questions
  • Top-notch customer support

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership