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Schlesinger v. Ballard

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Dissent  White
Period  1974 – 1975
Full case name  James R. Schlesinger, Secretary of Defense, et al. v. Ballard
Citations  419 U.S. 498 (more) 95 S. Ct. 572; 42 L. Ed. 2d 610; 1975 U.S. LEXIS 22; 9 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 33; 9 Empl. Prac. Dec. (CCH) P9894
Prior history  Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of California
Majority  Stewart, joined by Burger, Blackmun, Powell Rehnquist
Dissent  Brennan, joined by Douglas, Marshall

Schlesinger v. Ballard, 419 U.S. 498 (1975), was a United States Supreme Court case that upheld a federal statute that granted female Naval officers four more years of commissioned service before mandatory discharge than male Naval officers.


A federal statute granted female Naval officers fourteen years of commissioned service while allowing only nine years of commissioned service for male Naval officers before mandatory discharge. The Supreme Court held that the law passed intermediate scrutiny equal protection analysis because women, excluded from combat duty, had fewer opportunities for advancement in the military. The Court found the statute to directly compensate for the past statutory barriers to advancement.


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