The United State 's Supreme Court

1428 Words Feb 9th, 2015 6 Pages
Repeatedly throughout history, the United State’s Supreme Court has changed their standing on labor laws, from supporting the right’s of employees to supporting the right’s of employers. In 1903, the Supreme Court concluded through Lochner v. New York that the government did not have the right to oversee businesses, but in 1908 the Supreme Court passed an unprecedented decision regarding labor laws. In Muller v. Oregon, the Supreme Court alternatively sided with the workers and upheld restriction on working hours in a gendered argument based on the fact that the workers were women. On the surface, the decision was just, as it protected workers’ right, but in the long run the outcome was unjust; suggesting through gender formation, intersectionality, and structural sexism that superficially the decision was a progressive legislation but it masked misogynist values, preserved heteronormative ideals and perpetuated gender inequality. Muller v. Oregon was a landmark case between the state of Oregon and Curt Muller. Muller, an owner of a laundry business, was fined for working his female employee over the ten hour work limit. In the Lochner case the Supreme Court decided that the state government did not have the right to regulate businesses, so Muller assumed he had the freedom of contract and the right to regulate his employee’s work hours. When he was fined, he decided to take it to court. Unexpected to Muller, the Supreme Court decided to uphold Oregon’s ten hour work…
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