West Coast Hotel Company v. Parrish

PETITIONER: West Coast Hotel Company
RESPONDENT: Ernest Parrish and Elsie Parrish, his wife
LOCATION: The Cascadian Hotel

DOCKET NO.: 293
DECIDED BY: Hughes Court (1932-1937)
LOWER COURT:

ARGUED: Dec 16, 1936 / Dec 17, 1936
DECIDED: Mar 29, 1937

ADVOCATES:
E. L. Skeel - for the appellant
W. A. Toner - for the appellees

Facts of the case

Elsie Parrish, an employee of the West Coast Hotel Company, received sub-minimum wage compensation for her work. Parrish brought a suit to recover the difference between the wages paid to her and the minimum wage fixed by state law.

Question

Did the minimum wage law violate the liberty of contract as construed under the Fifth Amendment as applied by the Fourteenth Amendment?