Judge Allows Lawsuit Against Labor Department to Continue

Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman ruled that former labor employee Annie Hendricks’ discrimination lawsuit against the state Department of Labor can move forward, despite the government’s effort to stop it, the Tennessean reports . Judge Bonnyman said Hendricks proved her job responsibilities were “significantly diminished” last year, which is enough to allow her case to continue. Hendricks, of Nashville, sued the state in November on grounds of racial discrimination, saying her duties were given to two less-experienced black employees. Assistant Attorney General Ashley Carter said the department’s position is that there was no racial discrimination and that Hendricks did not experience a material change in her salary or benefits.