Georgia Appeals Panel: Sovereign Immunity Bars State Workers’ Class Suit

(December 3, 2015, 10:27 AM EST) -- ATLANTA — Sovereign immunity bars a Georgia school system employee’s class suit over changes to health benefits following open enrollment, a Georgia appellate panel ruled Nov. 20, reversing a trial court’s decision (Georgia Department of Community Health v. Trecia Neal, No. A15A1033, Ga. App.; 2015 Ga. App. LEXIS 731).

(Opinion available. Document #43-151204-015Z.)

The State Health Benefits Plan (SHBP) comprises three health insurance plans for Georgia state employees, public school teachers and public school employees.

Trecia Neal is an employee of the Dekalb County, Ga., school...
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