August 25, 2009
Pro-Life Legal Writing Instructor Applicant at University of Iowa College of Law Files Suit Alleging Viewpoint Discrimination in Hiring
Teresa Wagner, an applicant for a legal writing instruction opening at the University of Iowa College of Law, has filed suit against Iowa Law's Dean, Carolyn Jones, alleging viewpoint discrimination in the College of Law's hiring. Wagner alleges in her complaint that Iowa Law refused to hire her because Dean Jones and the voting law faculty do not approve of Wagner's conservative political views and affiliations in violation of her First Amendment rights.
Her views? Wagner had worked at the National Right to Life Committee and the Family Research Council, and had been offered a tenure-track professor position at Ave Maria School of Law according to The Torch.
By my count, Iowa Law has two discrimination in hiring lawsuits pending. See yesterday's LLB post, University of Iowa College of Law Charged with Age Discrimination in Faculty Hiring. While the ADEA plaintiff probably has no chance of prevailing, Wagner's allegations make for very interesting reading. See the complaint for details. [JH]
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