Following up on Monday's post, Federal Trial Begins Today in Unsuccessful Republican Faculty Candidate's Discrimination Complaint Against Iowa Law School:
A University of Iowa law professor who testified on behalf of a
conservative colleague alleging she wasn't hired because of her
conservative viewpoints says the school is retaliating by falsely
suggesting he was under investigation for sexual misconduct.
Mark Osiel [Aliber Family Chair in Law], a 20-year veteran of the university, testified Tuesday at
the federal trial of law school writing center employee Teresa Wagner, a
Republican who says she was repeatedly passed over for teaching jobs
because of her conservative views and activism. ...
While Osiel was on the witness stand, assistant attorney General George
Carroll said that Osiel had recently faced a misconduct investigation
after someone complained about hearing sexual grunting noises coming
from his office at the law school. Carroll argued that information was
relevant because it went to Osiel's credibility.
Osiel, 57, testified that the noises were from him taking part in exercises suggested by doctors to treat medical ailments. ... "Raising this issue, which is legally irrelevant to the testimony that I
was providing, shows how low the university will stoop in retaliating
against its employees of 20 years," said Osiel. ...
In an email Thursday, Osiel said he has been subjected to "unwarranted,
unsubstantiated accusations of harassment" by the university. He said he
was considering legal options, including a lawsuit for defamation and
intentional infliction of emotional distress. He said his medical records would prove that he had arthritis in his hip
and that physical therapists at University of Iowa Hospitals and
Clinics required him to perform certain exercises.
Des Moines Register: U of I Concedes at Trial Key Evidence Was Erased:
The University of Iowa erased a video that would have been key to
resolving a dispute between it and an employee who believes she was
illegally passed over for promotion because of her conservative
political views, it admitted in federal court here on Tuesday.
school hired Teresa Wagner as a part-time staffer at the Iowa College
of Law Writing Resource Center in 2006. She applied for a full-time
instructor’s position in the fall of that year, but claims the job went
to a lesser qualified candidate with liberal views.
Iowa law school graduate, has previously worked for the National Right
to Life Committee and the Family Research Council. The committee opposes
abortion and the council opposes same-sex marriage.
The university denies politics played a part in the decision. It says
Wagner didn’t get the job largely because she said during a
presentation to faculty in January 2007 that she was unwilling to teach
legal analysis, which was included in the job description. Testifying before a jury here on Tuesday, Wagner denied making that statement.
video of her presentation would have resolved the issue, both sides
acknowledged. However, the university erased the video shortly after
Wagner was denied the job. ...
Also testifying Tuesday was Mark Osiel, a U of I law professor who
hired Wagner to help edit two research projects. Osiel called Wagner a
“superlative writer” and compared her to tenured professors.
said he believes the university was disabled by liberal bias. “It
corrupts everything it touches,” he said of the school’s liberal
leanings, calling them “unconstitutional and morally indefensible.”