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muller vs oregon 1908
Muller vs. Oregon 1908

“'Sec. 1. That no female (shall) be employed in any mechanical establishment, or factory, or laundry in this state more than ten hours during any one day. The hours of work may be so arranged as to permit the employment of females [208 U.S. 412, 417]   at any time so that they shall not work more than ten hours during the twenty-four hours of any one day”

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Main Idea

U.S Supreme Court justified both sex discrimination and usage of labor laws during the time period. The case upheld Oregon state restrictions on the working hours of women as justified by the special state interest in protecting women's health.

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Point of View or Bias

Curt Muller, the owner of a laundry business, was convicted of violating Oregon labor laws by making a female employee work more than ten hours in a single day. Muller was fined $10 and felt that he did nothing wrong.

  • 3 years earlier the case Lochner v. New York involved a NY law that limited the number of hours that a baker could work each day to ten, and limited the number of hours that a baker could work each week to 60.
  • "Brandeis Brief” is a report that provided social authorities on the issue of the impact of long working hours on women.