Jones v. Alfred H. Mayer Co. (1968) was the Supreme Court case in which the Court ruled that any person denied the right to purchase land or property were unconstitutional. The petitioner, a black man named Joseph Lee Jones, attempted to purchase a home from the salesmen in St. Louis County, Missouri. Jones was refused because of his race. He sued in district court but was denied the money. When Jones went to the Supreme Court, they ruled Congress had the right to ban racial discrimination in the sale of rental of real estate.This case led up to the fair housing act.