This decision, in which the Supreme Court struck down a minimum-wage law, was a prime example of the Court’s commitment to the freedom of contract doctrine and laissez-faire principles.
In 1918 Congress established a board with authority to set minimum wages for women and minors in the District of Columbia.
An advocate of selective application of the first eight amendments to the states, Justice George Sutherland based his opinion in the Adkins case on the doctrines of substantive due process and freedom of contract.
Chief Justice William H. Taft,
Bunting v. Oregon
Contract, freedom of
Due process, substantive
Morehead v. New York ex rel. Tipaldo
Taft, William H.
West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish