Tennessee Department of Children's Services v. Kaviandra James

Tennessee Department of Children's Services v. Kaviandra James
M2019-00070-COA-R3-CV

A preferred-service employee with the Department of Children’s Services was terminated for accessing a case file involving her sister and sending an email to the case manager assigned to her sister’s case and the case manager’s supervisor, with a copy to her sister. The employee ultimately appealed her termination to the Board of Appeals of the Department of Human Resources, which modified her termination to a suspension without pay and reinstated her with back pay. The Department appealed to chancery court, which affirmed the Board’s determination. Upon a thorough review of the record, we affirm the judgment of the trial court and remand the case to the Board of Appeals for further proceedings.  

Authoring Judge: 
Judge Richard H. Dinkins
Originating Judge: 
Chancellor Anne C. Martin
Date Filed: 
Wednesday, March 25, 2020