Friday, October 2, 2009
As the country takes in the Letterman extortion scandal, I just read from Brian Leiter's Law Reports about Yale Law School Professor WIlliam Eskridge telling Congress that he was denied tenure at Virginia Law in part because of sexual orientation discrimination.
This blog has the relevant excerpt from the testimony by William Eskridge, Jr. (Yale); it also contains a link to the full testimony (the relevant portion is on pp. 85 ff.).
Mores specifically, Eskridge was testifying about the need and legality of the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) last week and said:
For an example explained in my statement, I was denied tenure at the University of Virginia School of Law in 1985 based in part on my sexual orientation. The hysterical behavior and deployment of anti-gay epithets by key state officials indicates that the decision was influenced by anti-gay prejudice. The inability of state officials to explain their decision without engaging in libel underlines the irrationality of the state discrimination and its vulnerability to equal protection attack.
I, of course, have no idea about the merit of these allegations, but if they are true what a powerful piece of testimony to support the need to protect LGBT individuals in the workplace.