Lee was a member of the old order amish and worked as a farmer and carpenter between 1970 and 1977, lee employed several amish workers but did not pay social-security taxes for any of his employees, as social security was against the amish religion. United states v lee, 455 us 252 (1982) was a united states supreme court case establishing precedent regarding the limits of free exercise of religious conscience by employers.
United states, 98 u s 145 (polygamy law) the principal exception is wisconsin v yoder, 406 u s 205 , in which the court granted the amish an exemption from wisconsin's compulsory school attendance law by actually applying the subjective balancing approach it purports to apply today.
United states supreme court united states v lee, (1982) no 80-767 argued: november 2, 1981 decided: february 23, 1982 appellee, a farmer and carpenter, is a member of the old order amish, who believe that there is a religiously based obligation to provide for their fellow members the kind of assistance contemplated by the social security system. Lee (1982) religious freedom the first amendment protects religion with two separate clauses, the establishment clause , which prohibits the government from laws or action that establishes or unfairly aids a religion.
Filed: 1982-02-23 precedential status: precedential citations: 455 us 252, 102 s ct 1051, 71 l ed 2d 127, 1982 us lexis 70 docket: 80-767 supreme court.
455 us 252 (1982) united states v lee no 80-767 supreme court of united states argued november 2, 1981 decided february 23, 1982 appeal from the united states district court for the western district of pennsylvania.