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Jul 03, 2013, 13:06 ET from ProfNet

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  • Rulings on Employee Discrimination Cases
  • Impact of Ruling on Elderly Same-Sex Couples
  • Student Loan Rates After National Increase


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Rulings on Employee Discrimination Cases
Deborah Widiss
Associate Professor of Law
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
"The two decisions – Nassar and Vance – will leave victims of harassment in a particularly vulnerable position, because the Court reduced the level of protection offered to victims of retaliation, while also placing a greater burden on employees to complain about harassment by mid-level managers. The result will be a greater number of employees who are subject to harassment and reasonably feel it would be too risky to complain about it."  
Widiss, an employment discrimination expert is available to discuss the Supreme Court's decisions in two cases: Vance v. Ball State and University of Texas Southwestern v. Nassar. She has written an amicus brief for Dr. Nassar.
Contact: Brianne O'Donnell,

Impact of Ruling on Elderly Same-Sex Couples
Ronald Fatoullah, Esq.
Elder Law & Estate Planning Attorney
Ronald Fatoullah & Associates
"The end of DOMA presents an exciting opportunity for same-sex married couples to avail themselves of federal assistance that was formerly denied to them. As with the advent of many good things, it will take time and tenacity to navigate the many nuances inherent in federal benefits."
Fatoullah is available to speak about how the Supreme Court ruling will affect elderly same-sex couples. The recent ruling that a key provision of DOMA is unconstitutional clears the way for same-sex couples in states that legally recognize their marriages, to receive over 1,000 federal benefits and protections that were previously denied them. But eligibility for these benefits is far murkier for couples who were legally married in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage but reside in or moved to a state that does not.
Media Contact: Carol Schell,

Student Loan Rates After National Increase
Ed Recker
Director of Financial Aid
The University of Findlay
"Any increase in interest rates for Federal Direct Student Loans is not to be taken lightly. The increase will have a delayed impact on students taking out new Federal Direct Subsidized Loans on or after July 1"
Recker has more than 10 years of experience working in financial aid. He has held positions at community, state and private colleges and holds a master's degree in higher education administration. He  is a member of the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
He is available to discuss student loan rates, following the recent national increase. He can discuss the issue from a private college perspective. He is located in Findlay, Ohio.
Media Contact: Brianna Patterson,



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