Parents of Children With Disabilities From Shelby Country, Tennessee, Sue State Government In Latest Covid-19 Related Class Action
Children with disabilities, with their parents acting on their behalf, are suing the state government of Tennessee after the state’s governor released an executive order allowing parents to send their younglings to school without any protective face coverings and masks on.
G.S. et al. v. Governor Bill Lee
Filed in a Tennessee court, the class action lawsuit centers on the alleged violations of The Volunteer State’s leadership of the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA.
Led by the guardians of young Shelby County school children with disabilities, the Shelby County Schoolchildren ADA Class Action litigation wants to hold the sitting state government, under the leadership of Governor Bill Lee, accountable for allegedly harming the best interests of children with disabilities.
The said executive order that caused the class action lawsuit is Governor Lee’s Executive Order No. 84, released in mid-August. It permitted parents who do not want their children to wear facemasks in school to disregard completely the mask mandate enforced by Shelby County. The county implemented an all-encompassing rule that required school attendees, teachers, non-teaching employees, and third-party visitors to wear facemasks while on school premises.
According to the concerned parents of children with disabilities, the order resulted in them being torn between whether they should stop sending their children to school or let their younglings face the heightened risks of COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease-2019).
The Shelby County Schoolchildren ADA Class Action stresses that the recent move by the Tennessee state government is a direct violation of the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act.
Tennessee State Government’s Executive Order Violate The Rights Of Children With Disabilities
Plaintiffs contend that Shelby County’s children with disabilities cannot possibly partake in the order due to their medical vulnerability. They also cited data showing that, indeed, the county’s young populace with disabilities are more susceptible to contracting COVID-19. As of writing, Shelby County recorded more than a thousand COVID-19 cases involving children of school age.
The class action filing is asking the court to approve the certification of a Class group consisting of schoolchildren with disabilities that go to any public school located in Shelby County. Worried parents also want the court to release a temporary restraining order in a bid to prevent other Shelby County parents from sending their children to school without any masks on.
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Editor’s Note on Shelby County Schoolchildren ADA Class Action Lawsuit:
This article details the latest class action filed against Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s leadership after he released an order that allows schoolchildren to be maskless. You might also be interested in reading about the class action filed by 20 states against the Federal Government over new Anti-discrimination law.
Case Name(s) & No.: G.S. et al. v. Governor Bill Lee, et al.; Case No.: 2:21-cv-02552
Jurisdiction: United States (U.S.) District Court for the Western District of Tennessee Western Division
Allegation(s): The Tennessee State Government’s actions are not in the best interest of Shelby County’s young students with disabilities.
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