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Sherbert v. Verner

United States Supreme Court
374 U.S. 398 (1963)


Sherbert (plaintiff) was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She was discharged from her employer because she would not work on Saturday, the Sabbath Day of her faith. Sherbert refused employment that required her to work on Saturday. Sherbert filed for unemployment compensation under the South Carolina Unemployment Compensation Act. Verner (defendant), an official of the Employment Security Commission, denied her claim for benefits because she failed, without good cause, to accept suitable work when. The denial of Sherbert’s claim was affirmed by a state trial court and the state supreme court. Sherbert appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Brennan, J.)

Dissent (Harlan, J.)

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