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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!