Sherbert V. Verner Case Analysis Essay

1339 Words Jul 7th, 2016 6 Pages
Sherbert v. Verner Sherbert v. Verner, was argued on April 24, 1963, and the Supreme Court, in a 7-2 ruling, reversed the opinion of the lower court that had denied the appellant, Adeil Sherbert, unemployment benefits, on June 17, 1963. The appellant had been a Seventh Day Adventist from South Carolina whose religious practices prevented her from working on Saturdays. Her inability to work Saturdays caused her to be fired when her former workplace took up a six-day workweek, and subsequently, no other jobs would hire her for the same reason. Although Sherbert tried to obtain unemployment insurance, the South Carolina government denied her claim, stating that benefits were unavailable to people whom potentially had employment available to them, but refused to take it. Sherbert filed suit stating that her right to religious expression was being infringed on by the claims denial. Sherbert v. Verner centered on whether a state government could withhold certain social welfare benefits to a person, if that person 's religious practices caused them to engage in actions that made them ineligible for the benefits. However, the larger issue at stake was whether a state law that infringed on a person 's First Amendment rights without a feasible secular need to do so would be enforceable. The way that Sherbert v. Verner had been framed involved Sherbert 's expression of religious freedom, and whether such an expression could outweigh the State of South Carolina 's laws, which…

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