Tennessee Maternity and Pregnancy: What you need to know

The Tennessee Fair Employment Practices Law prohibits discrimination in employment because of sex (TN Code Sec. 4-21-401et seq.).
This law was intended, and has been so interpreted, to correspond with its federal counterpart, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
Title VII requires employers to treat employees who are affected by pregnancy the same as employees with a temporary disability for all leave, insurance, employee benefit, and disability purposes.
The state law applies to private employers of eight or more persons and all state employers.
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Tennessee's Family Leave Act provides that employers with 100 or more full-time employees at one job site must allow up to four months' leave for pregnancy, childbirth, adoptions, and nursing.
The law applies to both male and female employees.
With regard to adoption, the 4-month period begins at the time an employee receives custody of the child.
To qualify, an employee must have been employed for at least 12 consecutive months as a full-time employee.
Leave may be with or without pay, at the discretion of the employer.
An employee who gives at least 3 months' advance notice of his or her leave and an intention to return to full-time employment after leave must be restored to his or her previous or a similar position. Employees who are unable to give three months' notice because of a medical emergency, or because notice of an adoption was less than 3 months in advance, do not lose their right to reinstatement.
Leave may not affect the employee's rights to seniority, promotion, vacation time, sick leave, or other benefits and bonuses for which he or she was eligible at the date of leave (TN Code Sec. ...

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