Is Nepotism Always Illegal? – Kotch v. Board of River Port Pilot Commissioners, 330 U.S. 552 (1947)

Is Nepotism Always Illegal? – Kotch v. Board of River Port Pilot Commissioners, 330 U.S. 552 (1947)

This U.S. Supreme Court case is about possible legal exceptions to nepotism in hiring. Although generally speaking the nepotism in hiring would be a violation of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, in some very limited cases, according to the Court, it could be to some extent legal. The case is about Louisiana state practices of appointing candidates to the state positions of river pilots. Under the Louisiana law, all ships going to and from the port of New Orleans through the Mississippi river should be guided by the river pilots who are state officers. In order to be appointed to a position of pilot a candidate should […]