The Tennessee Human Rights Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of national origin, including the national origin of an individual's ancestors (TN Stat. Sec. 4-21-101 et seq.). The Act covers public employers and private employers with eight or more employees. Under the Act, it is unlawful to:
• Fail or refuse to hire, discharge, or otherwise discriminate against an individual with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of national origin.
• Limit, segregate, or classify an employee or applicants for employment in any way that would deprive an individual of employment opportunities or adversely affect an employee because of national origin.
• Publish, print, or circulate any advertisement or notice for employment that expresses any preference, limitation, or specification as to national origin, unless national origin is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).
• Retaliate or discriminate in any manner against an individual for opposing a discriminatory practice, making a charge, filing a complaint, testifying or assisting or participating in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing.
• Willfully interfere with the state Human Rights Commission or obstruct or prevent a person from complying with the Act or a commission order.
• Violate the terms of a conciliation agreement made under the Act.
No individual liability. An individual employee or agent of an employer cannot be liable for any violation of the Act (TN Code Sec. 4-21-301(b) ).
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