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Hobbie v. Unemployment Commission (docket #: 85-993) (1987)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link Hobbie v. Unemployment Commission  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 12/10/1986
Decided 02/25/1987
Supreme Court Vote 8-1
Supreme Court Ruling Free Exercise claim upheld; Florida’s refusal to award unemployment compensation benefits to appellant violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.
 
IssueWhether refusal to award unemployment compensation to person terminated for reasons due to conflicts between religion and employment violates the Free Exercise Clause.
Majority Opinion Brennan, J. (joined by White, Marshall, Blackmun, O’Connor, and Scalia, JJ.)
Concurring Opinion Powell, J., & Stevens, J.
Dissenting Opinion Rehnquist, C.J
Lower Court Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
Lower Court Ruling Free Exercise Claim denied.
Lawyers
For Petitioner
Walter E. Carson

For Respondent
John D. Maher

Briefs
For Amicus
American Jewish Congress, Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Council on Religious Freedom, Rutherford Institute (supporting Petitioners)

U.S. Solicitor General Fried (as amicus curiae)

Opinion - Lower Court
Hobbie v. Unemployment Appeals Commission of Florida, 475 So.2d 711 (Fla.App. 5 Dist. 1985)
News
Taylor, Stuart, "Justices Rule in Florida Sabbath Case," New York Times, Feb. 26, 1987, sect. A, pg. 22
Other
Tribe, Laurence, AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (22nd ed., 1988) sect. 14.7, 14.13
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