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Teresa Wagner claims she was discriminated against in the hiring process by the University of Iowa law school, taking a case to court which puts the spotlight on what has been a longstanding assumption about the left-leaning bias in academia. In the trial, which began on Monday, the plaintif has argued that the University of Iowa blocked her appointment because she had opposed abortion rights, gay marriage and euthanasia while working as a lawyer for the Family Research Council and the National Right to Life Committee in Washington. Lawyers representing the law school argue that Wagner was passed over after botching an answer during a 2007 job interview with the faculty, a claim her attorney calls a pretext.

The case was discussed on 'Real News' Tuesday, in addition to a debate on whether ideology can be taken into account when considering employment:


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