Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Political Science and International Affairs
Major or Concentration
This project examines the relevant case law and the potential repercussions of the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision from June 2014. The ruling allowed "closely held, family corporations" to have religious freedom rights by granting Hobby Lobby an exemption to the so-called "contraception mandate" of the Affordable Care Act. This paper argues that the idea of corporate religious freedom is relatively unprecedented, and as such, it has major implications for future decisions made by the Supreme Court. The most profound (and perhaps unintended) consequence of the Burwell ruling is a new balancing act in the legal system itself: religious freedom claims made by one individual versus the identity claims of another.
Johnson, Katherine, "Venturing into a Minefield: Employer Practices in a Post Burwell v. Hobby Lobby State" (2015). Student Research Submissions. 111.