Disability Law Section

The section serves as a resource for Tennessee lawyers practicing in the area of disability rights or who have an interest in building a disability rights practice. The section offers continuing legal education and a forum for advancing disability rights.

Chair
Legal Aid Society
300 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37201
(615)780-7119
Immediate Past Chair
Legal Aid Society of Middle...
PO Box 5209
Oak Ridge, TN 37831
(865)483-8454

Lawmakers Push for Protections for Pregnant Workers

More than 120 members of Congress are urging the Supreme Court to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty and other protections to ensure expecting mothers are not forced out of their jobs, the Memphis Daily News reports. A friend-of-the-court brief was filed today regarding the case of a pregnant UPS delivery worker who was asked to take unpaid maternity leave, rather than being provided a less strenuous position as her doctors advised. Many of the lawmakers are pushing legislation to make the pregnancy protections explicit in federal law. The case is scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court in December.

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Two Fired from Mental Health Court

Newly elected General Sessions Judge Melissa Blackburn has fired two Davidson County Mental Health Court employees, the Tennessean reports. Two weeks ago Blackburn asked all court employees to resign and reapply for their jobs. Two of the five were told Tuesday that they would not be rehired. 

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