Conservative Iowa Woman Sues Law School Claiming They Didn't Hire Her Because of Her Politics
The trial of Teresa Wagner against the University of Iowa Law School is underway in Washington, D.C., after Wagner claimed she was passed over multiple times for a job based on her conservative political background; in the past, Wagner worked for pro-life causes such as the Family Research Council and the Right to Life Committee.
Wagner was a graduate of the school, working as a part-time instructor when, in 2006, she applied for a full-time position that ended up going to a lesser-qualified candidate. This is something she says happened not once, but three times - a claim school officials deny.
However in an email presented to the courts by her attorneys, sent from Professor Jon Carlson, the instructor writes:
"Frankly one thing that worries me is that people may be opposed to Teresa serving in any role in part, at least, because they
so despise her politics and especially her activism about it..."
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The school maintains that wasn't the case, however, and that Wagner bungled the interview, telling the faculty during her presentation that she wouldn't teach legal analysis in her classes. She has denied saying that under oath, and school professors now say they don't remember her saying it.