Morehead v. New York
Resolution And Reversal
In 1937, less than one year later, the Morehead decision and the Adkins v. Children's Hospital verdicts were reversed. There was a public outcry at both national party conventions, denouncing the decision. When West Coast Hotel v. Parrish was brought before the U.S. Supreme Court in December of 1936, the justices decided in a 5-4 decision "that the establishment of minimum wages for women was constitutionally legitimate." It was noted "that the Constitution did not speak of the freedom of contract, and that liberty was subject to the restraints of due process." States were empowered to set the standards of public welfare and control labor relations.