Adair v. United States
Significance, New Laws To Protect Workers' Rights, The Right To Fire Is Absolute
That Adair's conviction under the Erdman Act, which made it a crime to fire an employee for belonging to a labor union, should be reversed.
Chief Lawyers for Petitioner
Benjamin D. Warfield, Henry L. Stone
Chief Lawyers for Respondent
Charles Bonaparte, William R. Harr
Justices for the Court
David Josiah Brewer, William Rufus Day, Melville Weston Fuller, John Marshall Harlan I (writing for the Court), Rufus Wheeler Peckham, Edward Douglass White
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Joseph McKenna (William Henry Moody did not participate)
Date of Decision
17 January 1908
The Court reversed the petitioner's conviction by the lower court; the Erdman Act was unconstitutional when it forbade firing an employee for belonging to a labor union.
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