Citation. Hishon v. King & Spalding, 467 U.S. 69, 104 S. Ct. 2229, 81 L. Ed. 2d 59, 1984 U.S. LEXIS 7, 52 U.S.L.W. 4627, 34 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 1406, 34 Empl. Prac. Dec. (CCH) P34,387 (U.S. May 22, 1984)
Brief Fact Summary. Petitioner alleges that her failure to be promoted to partner at Defendant law firm was due to her gender, and has brought suit under Title VII. The lower court held that Title VII doesn’t apply to law partnerships; she appeals.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. Title VII prohibits discrimination by employers in the context of any contractual employer/employee relationship, including law partnerships.