Phi Beta Cons

It’s All Right for Us to Discriminate

Walter Olson of the Cato Institute has a sharp post on an Eighth Circuit case involving the University of Iowa Law School. An applicant for a faculty position argues that she was turned down because of her conservative political beliefs.

With a hint of schadenfreude, Olson notes that law schools have labored mightily to fasten the rest of America, especially the business community, with anti-discrimination law that to a great extent prevents people from acting in accordance with their own standards and preferences when it comes to hiring people. Olson concludes, “It may be rather hard for [law schools] to mount a convincing complaint when they are made to drink from the same cup they have prepared for the rest of society.”

George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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