Beasley v. Food Fair of North Carolina, Inc.

PETITIONER: Beasley
RESPONDENT: Food Fair of North Carolina, Inc.
LOCATION: Tivoli Theater

DOCKET NO.: 72-1597
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1972-1975)
LOWER COURT: North Carolina Supreme Court

CITATION: 416 US 653 (1974)
ARGUED: Feb 19, 1974
DECIDED: May 15, 1974

ADVOCATES:
Larry L. Eubanks -
Ralph M. Stockton, Jr. -

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Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - February 19, 1974 in Beasley v. Food Fair of North Carolina, Inc.

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - May 15, 1974 in Beasley v. Food Fair of North Carolina, Inc.

Warren E. Burger:

The disposition of two cases 72-1597, Beasley against Food Fair of North Carolina and 73-157, Calero-Toledo against Pearson Yacht Leasing Co will be announced by Mr. Justice Brennan.

William J. Brennan, Jr.:

In the first, the Beasley case, the Supreme Court of North Carolina held that supervisors discharged for union membership, could not sue their employer for damages under a state statute, creating a right or action for damages for persons discharged for union membership.

The Supreme Court of North Carolina held that the enforcement of the state law in favor of discharged supervisors was barred by a provision of Section 14 (a) of the Taft-Hartley Act that provides, “No employer shall be compelled to being supervisors as employees for the purpose of any law, even national or local, relating to collective bargains.”

We agree with the holding of the North Carolina Supreme Court and unanimously affirm.