1st Circ. Mulls Sending Harvard Gender Bias Case To Jury

By Chris Villani (April 3, 2019, 6:44 PM EDT) -- Whether Harvard University discriminated against a female anthropology professor in denying her tenure bid may be a question best answered by a jury, a First Circuit judge said Wednesday as the panel heard oral arguments in the case.

During arguments before the appellate panel in Boston, U.S. Circuit Judge Juan R. Torruella asked Martin F. Murphy of Foley Hoag LLP, an attorney for Harvard, whether there is enough evidence to flip the school's March 2018 summary judgment win. In that Massachusetts federal court ruling, former associate professor Kimberly Theidon lost her bid to show that her tenure denial was the result of discrimination....

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