The Convention Center Authority was ordered to hand over third-party employees’ addresses to a workers’ union following a Tennessee Court of Appeals decision filed Friday afternoon.
Martin “Red” Patterson, business manager for International Union of Operating Engineers Local 369, initially requested employee addresses in 2011 to see what percentage of workers on the $600 million Music City Center were local.
The CCA responded to his request for payroll documents, but redacted Social Security numbers and home addresses. They claimed that the addresses of employees from a third-party contractor were not public records under the Tennessee Public Records Act or the federal Freedom of Information Act.
Patterson sued the CCA in Davidson County Chancery Court in November 2011 for access to the addresses.
The Court of Appeals decision siding with Patterson was issued exactly a year since Chancellor Carol McCoy also ruled in Patterson’s favor on Jan. 18, 2012.
Legal representation for the CCA were out of the office on Friday afternoon. Patterson’s attorney, Deborah Godwin of Memphis, said she was “very pleased” with the court’s ruling.
The CCA could petition the Tennessee Supreme Court to review the case.