Lecturer sues university over 'liberal bias'

By Megan Malloy

18 October 2012 at 11:16 BST

A University of Iowa staff member is suing her employer for alleged discrimination on the grounds of her politically conservative views, in a case that is likely to attract national attention in the run-up to next month's US presidential election.

University of Iowa: too liberal?

Teresa Wagner was hired by the university as a part-time writing instructor in 2006 after previous stints at the National Right to Life Committee and the Family Research Council. Ms Wagner is seeking compensation for lost wages and for a full-time teaching position, which she claims was denied to her because of the university’s institutional liberal bias.

Poor presentation

The university maintains that Wagner was rejected for the job following a poor presentation before the faculty, reports the newspaper USA Today. Court documents also argue that Wagner was unwilling to teach legal analysis, one of the aspects of the full-time position.
‘The decision to sue your employer, this has been the hardest decision of my life,’ said Ms Wagner, who testified earlier this week. ‘I regret it. I regret it because I think it burned all my bridges in Iowa City.’


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