A jury is deliberating in the case of a prospective law
professor who is suing the University of Iowa for being denied two
teaching positions because of her pro-life, traditional marriage
Robert Shibley of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
(FIRE) tells OneNewsNow that despite her exemplary teaching record,
Teresa Wagner was denied two positions for which she was more than
qualified. She claims her association with the National Right to
Life Committee and Family Research Council is the reason.
"There's certainly been a lot of suggestion over the years that
colleges are engaging in politically-based hiring -- a suggestion
that's bolstered by surveys that come out, one after another, that
suggest that Democrats or liberals far outweigh the number of
conservatives," Shibley notes.
But there have not been many lawsuits against this type of
discrimination because they can be difficult to prove, says
"Universities have a lot of leeway to hire the people they want,
and so there really aren't and haven't been very many lawsuits of
this nature," the FIRE spokesman explains. "So it'll be interesting
to see how this one comes out."
In its defense, the university claims it bypassed Wagner for the
positions because she refused to teach a certain class specified in
the job descriptions.
Associated Press reports that jurors returned to the
federal courthouse in Davenport earlier this week to continue
considering whether Wagner's constitutional rights have been