suspect classification

suspect classification

Constitutional law. A statutory classification based on race, national origin, or alienage, and thereby subject to strict scrutiny under equal-protection analysis.

? Examples of laws creating suspect classifications are those permitting only U.S. citizens to receive welfare benefits and setting quotas for the government’s hiring of minority contractors. See STRICT SCRUTINY. Cf. FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT. [Cases: Constitutional Law 213.1(1). C.J.S. Constitutional Law ¡ì¡ì 714¨C715, 718.]


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