Elder Law Section

The section provides education to its members, makes recommendations for improving the law, and undertakes projects to increase the understanding of senior citizens, their families and the public concerning legal issues affecting the elderly.

Chair
Monica Franklin & Associates,...
4931 Homberg Drive
Knoxville, TN 379195146
(865)588-3700
Immediate Past Chair
Elder Law of East Tennessee
903 N. Hall of Fame Dr
Knoxville, TN 37917
(865)951-2410
Vice-Chair
Elder Law Practice of Timothy L....
150 Stonebrook Lane
Hendersonville, TN 37075
(615)824-2571

Social Media Poses a Threat to Nursing Home Patients

The Washington Post highlights the growing threat of degrading photos and videos of nursing home residents posted on social media. ProPublica identified 35 instances since 2012 in which workers at nursing homes and assisted-living centers have shared images of residents, some of whom were partially or completely naked. At least 16 cases involved Snapchat and some of the posts led to criminal charges. "We have a dedicated Trust & Safety team that reviews abuse reports and takes action when they become aware of a violation, and we comply with valid legal requests from law enforcement," Snapchat said in a statement.

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Age Discrimination in Job Market Bigger Issue for Women

Recent studies from the National Bureau of Economic Research show that older workers who are unemployed are often discriminated against in their job search, according to Five Thirty Eight Economics, and that it's worse for older women than men. One of the study's authors, David Neumark, speculates that anti-discrimination laws actually make it harder to prove the discrimination for older women. Sex is a protected class in employment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, while age is covered by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, he said. "Because different laws cover different categories, those who fall into both may also have a harder time proving they’ve been discriminated against."

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