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Hishon v. King - Significance

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Elizabeth Anderson Hishon


King & Spalding, an Atlanta, Georgia, law firm

Petitioner's Claim

That Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did not apply to the selection of partners for partnerships.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Emmet J. Bondurant II

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Charles Morgan, Jr.

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger (writing for the Court), Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O'Connor, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

31 October 1983


That Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did apply to Hishon's complaint of discrimination by King & Spalding in their refusal to offer her a partnership.

Related Cases

  • Patterson v. McLean Credit Union, 491 U.S. 164 (1989).
  • White v. Union Pacific R.R., 805 F.Supp. 883 (1992).

Further Readings

  • "Getting a Piece of the Power: Women Barred From Partnerships Can Now Go To Court." Time, 4 June 1984.
  • "High Court Opinion Hits Partnerships." Dun's Business Month, July 1984.
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