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Garcia v. San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Authority

Background To Dispute, Case Goes To The U.s. Supreme Court, Four Justices Dissent


Joe G. Garcia


San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Authority, et al.

Appellant's Claim

That the San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Authority (SAMTA) owed their employees overtime pay according to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Laurence Gold

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

William T. Coleman, Jr.

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun (writing for the Court), William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

Warren E. Burger, Sandra Day O'Connor, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

19 February 1985


SAMTA was not immune from overtime and minimum wage requirements set forth in the FLSA and must pay appellant his overtime wages.


The Court voted in favor of the federal labor standards requiring overtime pay, weakening state and Tenth Amendment rights. In the process the Court reversed a precedent first set by National League of Cities v. Usery.

Related Cases

  • Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803).
  • National League of Cities v. Usery, 426 U.S. 833 (1976).

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