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State Lawmaker Ousted After Harassment Charge Can Seek Benefits

May 16, 2019, 2:44 PM

A Tennessee lawmaker who was expelled from the state legislature after an investigation into sexual harassment allegations is moving forward with part of his lawsuit seeking state health and pension benefits.

Jeremy Durham validly alleged a due process violation based on the denial of lifetime health coverage extended to state legislators after he was involuntarily expelled from the Tennessee House of Representatives, a federal judge ruled. But Durham has no such claim with respect to his state pension, because he didn’t file a claim for benefits under the pension system or avail himself of the system’s appeals process, the judge ...

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