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West Coast Hotel v. Parrish

Significance, A Test Case, A Close Vote, James Clark Mcreynolds, Further Readings


West Coast Hotel Company


Elsie Parrish

Appellant's Claim

That Parrish was not due back pay to bring her up to the level she would have received under Washington's 1913 minimum wage law.

Chief Lawyers for Appellant

John W. Roberts, E. L. Skeel

Chief Lawyers for Appellee

C. B. Conner, Sam M. Driver

Justices for the Court

Louis D. Brandeis, Benjamin N. Cardozo, Charles Evans Hughes (writing for the Court), Owen Josephus Roberts, Harlan Fiske Stone

Justices Dissenting

Pierce Butler, James Clark McReynolds, George Sutherland, Willis Van Devanter


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

29 March 1937


The public interest in setting a minimum wage for women and children is more important than freedom of contract.

Related Cases

  • Lochner v. New York, 198 U.S. 45 (1905).
  • Muller v. Oregon, 208 U.S. 412 (1918).
  • Adkins v. Children's Hospital, 261 U.S. 525 (1923).
  • Morehead v. New York ex rel. Tipaldo, 298 U.S. 587 (1936).
  • United States v. Darby, 312 U.S. 100 (1941).


Cushman, Clare, ed. The Supreme Court Justices: Illustrated Biographies, 1789-1993. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Inc., 1993.

Friedman, Leon, and Fred L. Israel, eds. The Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court 1789-1969: Their Lives and Major Opinions. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1969.

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Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1918 to 1940