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Unformatted text preview: Will Boas Patterson v Mclean An African American woman, Brenda Patterson, was employed by the McLean Credit Union as a teller and file coordinator in May, 1972 until she was laid off in July, 1972. After her termination, she brought the issue the District Court claiming the company, the respondent, harassed her, failed to promote her and then fired her. She claimed the company was in violation of 42 U.S.C. 1981, the Supreme Courts ruling in Runyon v McCrary which is interpreted to prohibit racial discrimination in the making and enforcing of contracts. The court ruled Section 1981 did not cover racial harassment suits, and the jury ruled in favor of the company. The Appeals court affirmed the District courts decision by ruling that Section 1981 only applied to contract related matters and did not include harassment lawsuits. The case then went to the United States Supreme Court. Is the petitioners claim of racial harassment in her employment provide grounds to apply 42 U.S.C. Is the petitioners claim of racial harassment in her employment provide grounds to apply 42 U....
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This note was uploaded on 10/03/2011 for the course POL 142 taught by Professor Jones during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.
- Fall '08