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UB PROFESSOR'S LAWSUIT HIGHLIGHTED IN REPORT

A lawsuit filed by a former University at Buffalo education professor is highlighted in a national report on sex-discrimination cases released this week by an advocacy group.

The case brought by Lynn Ilon is one of 19 featured in a report, "Tenure Denied: Cases of Sex Discrimination in Academia," published by the American Association of University Women.

Ilon claims in her suit that UB rejected her tenure application because she accused a colleague of sexually harassing his students, an argument denied by UB. She filed the suit in State Supreme Court in November 2000 after leaving the school.

"There is something dramatically wrong when female professors challenge discrimination and it results in irreparable damage to their careers," Mary Ellen Smyth, president of the association's educational foundation, said in a statement referring to the 19 cases.

The association's legal advocacy fund has contributed $7,500 to support Ilon's suit, according to the association Web site. The suit is nearing the end of the discovery, or fact-finding, phase.