TheMullerv. Oregoncase was about the treatment of men and women in the workplaces.According to this case, women were supposed to get special treatmentin the factories regarding the number of hours that they worked. Theimpact that the case had on the society at that time is that itresulted into stereotyped gender duties. Also, the labor law deniedwomen financial independence (Woloch, 1996). Furthermore, white womengot more protection as compared to women of color and those whoworked in the agricultural industry.

Muller’sside was concerned with knowing the number of hours that women wereexpected to work since he had been accused of violating the Oregonlaws by overworking women. The plaintiffs complained that thephysical structure of women coupled with the maternal duties whichthey perform place them at a disadvantage in the workplaces. Theplaintiffs also argued that the health of women who are expected tobear children is exposed to risk when they stand on their feet forlong hours and worse off if it is repeated from day-to-day (Woloch,1996).

Thecurrent societal mores and beliefs seem to affect the SCOTUSdecision. People are discriminated against documentation, and theyare not given equal chances to work like the Native Americans.Societal mores and beliefs seem to affect the way undocumented peopleare perceived irrespective of their qualifications. However, thedecisions have catalyzed social change through the protests witnessedafter the ruling by the Supreme Court. The law can affect thesocietal mores and beliefs. For example, assuming that society treatswomen in a unique manner, the law can have provisions that do nottreat women in a special way thus affecting the place of women in thesociety. Also, society can affect the way the Constitution is viewed.If the Constitution has laws that are in line with societal beliefs,then it will be considered as a good Constitution. However, if theprovisions in the Constitution are curtailing the rights of people,it will be regarded as bad.

Inthis case, a forensic psychologist would have supported the Oregon’sside. It is because women are charged with other duties at homes.Oregon laws protect women from being overworked so that they havetime to carry out domestic roles as well as protecting their health(DeLuzio, 2010).


DeLuzio,C. (2010). Women`srights: People and perspectives.Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO.

Woloch,N. (1996). Mullerv. Oregon: A brief history with documents.Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin`s Press.