Patterson v. McLean Credit Union
Significance, Court Reconsiders Whether Section 1981 Prohibits Any Private Discrimination, Patterson Overturned, Civil Rights Act Of 1991
McLean Credit Union
That the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which prohibits racial discrimination in the "making and enforcing" of contracts, covers problems arising from conditions of employment, such as harassment and failure to promote.
Chief Lawyers for Petitioner
Julius LeVonne Chambers, Penda D. Hair
Chief Lawyers for Respondent
Roger S. Kaplan, H. Lee Davis, Jr.
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Anthony M. Kennedy (writing for the Court), Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White
Date of Decision
15 June 1989
That the Civil Right Act of 1866 does not prohibit racial discrimination in conditions of employment beyond the formation of the employment contract.
- Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896).
- Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954).
- Jones v. Alfred H. Mayer Co., 392 U.S. 409 (1968).
- Bob Jones University v. United States, 461 U.S. 574 (1983).
Naidoff, Caren E.I. "Understanding the Civil Rights Act of 1991," Management Review, April 1992.
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