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(Just the News) A finance professor who sued Texas A&M University for race- and gender-based criteria in hiring and salary is now going after his own institution for alleged First Amendment retaliation based on his criticism of its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
Richard Lowery’s new lawsuit claims the University of Texas threatened sanctions to silence his repeated criticism of its “hijacking” of the Liberty Institute, a campus free-market think tank, and his calls for Republican lawmakers to intervene in UT’s DEI efforts, including ideological “filtering criteria” in hiring.
The right-leaning National Association of Scholars also called out UT’s DEI efforts last month in a report on the Austin flagship as a whole and an op-ed about the medical school specifically.
Both may have played a role in Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s Feb. 4 memo reminding state agencies they are not allowed to change “employment practices based on factors other than merit” or use taxpayer money “to fund offices, departments, or employee positions dedicated to promoting forbidden DEI initiatives.”
TAMU filed its second motion to dismiss last week in response to Lowery’s amended class-action suit on behalf of potential white and Asian male applicants, challenging…University of Texas sued for First Amendment retaliation against faculty for criticizing DEI | Just The News