COMMUNISTS: The Ism & the Law

Has an employer the right to fire an employee because of membership in the Communist Party? Last week, in a 4-3 decision, the California Supreme Court gave its answer: yes.

The decision came in the case of Mrs. Doris Brin Walker, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California School of Jurisprudence, who quit practicing law in 1946 and got a job as a clerk in the Cutter Laboratories of Berkeley, manufacturers of antibiotics and serums. Three years later, after the management discovered that she was a Communist, she was fired.

In the legal battle that ensued, Mrs. Walker...

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