Brief Fact Summary. The Petitioner, Muller (Petitioner), was found guilty of violating Oregon state statute that limited the length of the workday for women in laundry facilities.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. The general right to contract is protected by the United States Constitution (Constitution), but this liberty is not absolute.
Issue. Is a state statute limiting the length of a woman’s workday constitutional?
Held. Yes. Women, like minors, are a special class of worker that needs protection. This statute is within the state’s police power to protect the health of the general public because the physical well-being of women is paramount to the production of healthy offspring.
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