Califano v. Goldfarb

Califano v. Goldfarb - Citation. 430 U.S. 199 (1977). Brief...

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Citation. 430 U.S. 199 (1977). Brief Fact Summary. Under a federal program, widows automatically received benefits upon the death of their husbands. Widowers, however, had to prove they had been receiving support from their wives to receive benefits. A widower, upon being denied benefits, challenged the constitutionality of the distinction. Synopsis of Rule of Law . Gender-based differentiations that lay an unequal hand upon female workers are unconstitutional, unless they are substantially related to important governmental interests. Facts. Under the Federal Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Benefits (OASDI) program, widows automatically received benefits upon the death of their husbands. Widowers, however, had to prove they had been receiving support from their wives before they could receive benefits. The stated purpose of the statute was to save the expenses associated with determining, which spouses were really dependants. The Appellant, Califano the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare (Appellant), argued
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This note was uploaded on 02/05/2011 for the course JLS 535 taught by Professor Siser during the Fall '10 term at American.

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