Labor & Employment

Would-Be Iowa Law Prof Sues Again, Says Job App Scoresheet Noted Then-Pending Discrimination Suit


A Michigan immigration attorney who wants to be a law professor has filed new litigation against the University of Iowa, contending that the institution not only discriminated against him in 2010 by refusing to consider him because of his age but retaliated against him due to a then-pending prior age-discrimination suit.

Donald Dobkin, who was 57 when he applied in 2010 for a job as a professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, filed suit Thursday in Johnson County. His complaint alleges that someone on the university’s faculty appointments committee noted next to his name on a score sheet for applicants reviewing applications “Plaintiff against us in age discrimination lawsuit, … may call general counsel about how to handle,” according to the Gazette and the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Earlier this year, Dobkin lost a jury trial in an earlier age-discrimination suit that contended the University of Iowa also refused to interview him when he applied for a similar position in 2008, then offered the job to applicants under 40 who were not as well-qualified as he is.

Dobkin, who has an associate faculty position at Central Michigan University’s College of Graduate Studies, contends in his latest suit that the University of Iowa’s discriminatory “policy, practice or procedure” concerning older applicants seeking teaching jobs at the law school “has resulted in no candidates over the age of 40 receiving an interview for an entry level professor faculty position in at least the past 25 years.”

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Would-Be Law Prof Sues for Age Bias, Asks Why Schools Don’t Value Experience”

ABAJournal.com: “Would-Be Law Prof Loses Age Bias Suit”

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