Judge Derails State Worker Layoffs

Jun 11, 2013

Credit tseaonline.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 200 state employees will get to keep their jobs a little longer thanks to a temporary restraining order issued Monday by a Davidson County judge.

The order comes in response to a lawsuit filed against the state by the Tennessee State Employees Association.

TSEA Executive Director Robert O’Connell says he doesn’t dispute the state’s right to furlough workers, but insists the Haslam Administration must provide the career counseling, job testing and placement services required by law.

“The temporary order restrains the state from letting anybody go as a result of these reductions in force until they get a full, sixty-day notice – including the opportunity to apply for (other) state jobs during that 60 days.”

Circuit Court Judge Amanda McClendon has scheduled a full hearing in the case for Monday.

Haslam spokeswoman Alexia Poe says the administration won’t comment on pending litigation.

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