Thomas v. Review Board of the Indiana Employment Security Division
Significance, The Lower Court Rulings, The Supreme Court Decides
Eddie C. Thomas
Review Board of the Indiana Employment Security Division
That the Indiana Employment Security Division's refusal to grant unemployment benefits to Thomas, a Jehovah's Witness who quit his job for religious reasons, violated his right to free exercise of religion.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Blanca Bianchi de la Torre
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
William E. Daily
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger (writing for the Court), Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., John Paul Stevens, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White
William H. Rehnquist
Date of Decision
6 April 1981
The Indiana Employment Security Division did in fact violate Thomas' constitutional right to free exercise of religion under the First Amendment.
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