Residents Suing Tennessee Governor Bill Lee for Ending Federal Unemployment Benefits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Seven unemployed Tennessee residents have filed a lawsuit over Gov. Bill Lee’s decision to opt out of the federal unemployment benefits programs earlier this year.

 

The plaintiffs say in a federal complaint filed this week against Lee and Department of Labor Commissioner Jeff McCord that they struggle to survive on state unemployment funds. They’re asking a federal judge to instruct Lee to reenter the federally funded pandemic unemployment compensation programs run by U.S. Department of Labor.

 

State officials declined to comment on the pending litigation.

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