(Reuters) – Texas A&M University has been hit with a proposed class action claiming its employment policies unlawfully discriminate against white and Asian men.
Richard Lowery, an associate professor of finance at the University of Texas at Austin, said in a complaintfiled in Houston federal court on Saturday that Texas A&M’s affirmative action policies bar him from getting a faculty job with the university system because he is white.
Lowery is represented by the America First Legal Foundation, a nonprofit founded last year by Stephen Miller, who was a top policy advisor to former Republican President Donald Trump known for his hardline views on immigration.
Many U.S. colleges and universities have been sued over race-conscious admission policies for students, and the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year agreed to hear a bid to bar Harvard University and the University of North Carolina from considering race in undergraduate admissions.
But few cases have focused on affirmative action policies adopted by universities with respect to their employees.
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