Jury Finds for UI in Age Discrimination Lawsuit

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A Johnson County jury has determined the University of Iowa did not discriminate by not hiring an attorney who applied for a teaching position in the College of Law.

Donald Dobkin sued the university in 2009 after not landing an interview for a teaching position in the College of Law. Dobkin was 55 and said the job went to a younger applicant with inferior qualifications.

Jurors heard arguments in that case in 2012 and sided with the university. Dobkin asked for a new trial, but the judge ruled against him. He also lost an appeal.

Dobkin sued the university a second time after the UI College of Law again passed him over for a job in 2010. Dobkin claimed age discrimination, discrimination of employment, and retaliation in the lawsuit. Dobkin claimed the university hired a 40-year-old woman with limited experience instead of him.

Dobkin said the college retaliated against him for his previous lawsuit "when one of the members of the Faculty of Appointments Committee gave plaintiff a low score and specifically noted that plaintiff had a pending age discrimination lawsuit against them."

A jury this week again ruled unanimously the university did not discriminate or retaliate against Dobkin.

A statement from UI said "The university is pleased with the jury ruling and the recognition that the law school did not discriminate and did not retaliate."