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Homophobia in Charlottesville?

Posted by Christopher Shea  October 19, 2009 10:06 AM

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Law professor William Eskridge: discrimination victim?

I'm a couple of weeks late on this, but, during testimony before Congress on the need to protect homosexuals from discrimination, by states as well as private employers, in the workplace, William Eskridge, a prominent law professor at Yale, told an extraordinary story from his own work history. In the 1980s, Eskridge was denied tenure at the University of Virginia, despite having what he describes as an possibly unprecedented number of papers to his name, for his age.

It's not the denial of a permanent position that stands out in the narrative, however. (UVA Law blog has the details.) It's the chairman of the tenure committee "spitting" at Eskridge (Eskridge's word) in Eskridge's office and accusing him of unspecified backstabbing. Eskridge says he had no idea what the man was talking about, but the chairman ranted on, claiming that such underhanded behavior was just what you'd expect from a "faggot." Eskridge says he feared the man was about to assault him.

A search of the U.Va. web site finds no official response from the university, as of yet.

(Via Brian Leiter's Law School Reports)

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