Former Law Student: Gorsuch Told Class That Women 'Manipulate' Maternal Leave

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Neil Gorsuch once told a law school class that women frequently abuse maternity leave policies, according to a letter written by Jennifer Sisk, a former student of Gorsuch’s at the University of Colorado Law School, that was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee Friday night. 

As Sisk explains in the letter, published Sunday night by National Employment Lawyers Association and the National Women’s Law Center, the incident took place during a legal ethics class. The students were discussing a hypothetical situation in which a female student is applying to jobs at law firms to pay off student debt, and intends to start a family with her husband.

Sisk wrote: “He interrupted our class discussion to ask students how many of us knew women who used their companies for maternity benefits, who used their companies to—in order to have a baby and then leave right away.” After only a few students raised their hands, Sisk recalls Gorsuch saying, “Come on, guys. All of your hands should be up. Many women do this.”

Law professors, as NPR pointed out in an interview with Sisk, frequently ask provocative questions in the course of teaching, but Sisk was adamant that Gorsuch’s prodding of the class to raise more hands was out of the bounds of the usual challenges professors posed to students during the course of her law school career.

Another student, Will Hauptman, disputed…


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