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Sherbert v. Verner

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Citation. 374 U.S. 398, 83 S. Ct. 1790, 10 L. Ed. 2d 965, 1963 U.S..

Brief Fact Summary. Sherbert (Petitioner) was denied unemployment benefits because she refused to work on Saturdays.

Synopsis of Rule of Law. A state may not deny unemployment benefits to a citizen because her religions convictions require an observance of a day of rest.

Facts. Petitioner was fired for refusing to work on Saturdays, the Sabbath of her religion. She later filed for unemployment because she unable to find a job that did not require Saturday work. Respondent determined that Petitioner was not eligible for benefits because of her Saturday restriction.

Issue. Is the state restraint on unemployment benefits constitutional?

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