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Robertson Center Files Brief Asking Supreme Court To Hear Case Regarding Religious Discrimination In The Workplace

By December 23, 2021Briefs, News

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (December 23, 2021) – Today, the Robertson Center for Constitutional Law filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty.  The brief asks the Court to hear Hedican v. Walmart Stores East, L.P., a case involving employment discrimination against a religious employee. Edward Hedican, a Seventh-day Adventist, lost his job as an assistant manager at Walmart before his first day of work. The reason: he asked Walmart to let him rest on his Sabbath.

“The freedom to worship and the freedom to work are core American values,” said Professor Mike Schietzelt, constitutional law fellow of the Robertson Center for Constitutional Law. “We’re honored to represent the Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty in advocating for religious liberty for people of all faiths.”

This is the fifth brief—and third U.S. Supreme Court brief—filed by the Robertson Center for Constitutional Law since the Center was established in May of 2020. 

The Robertson Center for Constitutional Law is an academic center within the Regent University School of Law. The center pairs advocacy and scholarship to advance first principles in constitutional law, including originalism, separation of powers, and religious liberty. The Robertson Center has represented former members of Congress, Christian ministries, and others in briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court and circuit courts of appeals. Learn more about the work of the Robertson Center at


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