Coppage v. Kansas

PETITIONER: Coppage
RESPONDENT: Kansas
LOCATION:

DOCKET NO.: 48
DECIDED BY: White Court (1914-1916)
LOWER COURT:

ARGUED: Oct 30, 1914
DECIDED: Jan 25, 1915

Facts of the case

A Kansas law banned "yellow dog contracts." These were employer agreements barring employees from joining a labor union. Coppage, an employer, fired an employee who refused to sign such an agreement. Coppage was charged and convicted of violating the Kansas law. He appealed.

Question

Does the Kansas statute violate freedom of contract protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?