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Muller v. Oregon - 208 U.S. 412, 28 S. Ct. 324, 1908 U.S. LEXIS 1452, 52 L. Ed. 551

Rule:

A difference in the sexes justifies a difference in legislation and upholds that which is designed to compensate for some of the burdens which rest upon her. 

Facts:

Oregon enacted a law that limited women to ten hours of work in factories and laundries. Curt Muller, the owner of a laundry business, was fined when he violated the law. Muller appealed. The constitutionality of the law was upheld by the state supreme court. 

Issue:

Does an Oregon law that limits the hours that a woman are allowed to work, violate the Fourteenth Amendment?

Answer:

No.

Conclusion:

The court reasoned that women needed protective legislation due to their social role in society. 

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