Three bus drivers who filed suit against Metro Nashville Public Schools last year were granted a summary judgment by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee last week.
District Court Judge John T. Nixon granted the ruling, agreeing with the drivers’ assertion that MNPS breached their contracts. The drivers claim their year-to-year contracts weren’t renewed but no reason was given  for their job terminations.
The drivers, backed by the local chapter of the United Steelworkers union, claimed that the job terminations violated their due process rights.
The legal argument centered around an employee handbook, which Metro attorneys argued wasn’t a binding document.
But Nixon sided with the bus drivers.
“The Court holds the Handbook constitutes a valid employment contract conferring on Driver Plaintiffs an interest in contract renewal, absent cause or a reduction in workforce,” Nixon’s order said.
The order granted summary judgment to the drivers on both the breach of contract and due process claims.
The court case is proceeding to determine the damages that will be awarded to the drivers.