Muller v. Oregon

PETITIONER:Curt Muller
RESPONDENT:Oregon
LOCATION: Grand Laundry

DOCKET NO.: 107
DECIDED BY: Fuller Court (1906-1909)
LOWER COURT: Oregon Supreme Court

ARGUED: Jan 15, 1908
DECIDED: Feb 24, 1908

ADVOCATES:
Louis D. Brandeis – for the defendant in error
H. B. Adams – for the defendant in error
William D. Fenton – for the plaintiff in error

Facts of the case

Oregon enacted a law that limited women to ten hours of work in factories and laundries.

Question

Does the Oregon law violate a woman’s freedom of contract implicit in the liberty protected by due process of the Fourteenth Amendment?