The Tennessee Fair Employment Practices Law prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of race or color (TN Stat. Sec. 4-21-101 et seq.). The Law covers public employers and private employers with eight or more employees. Under the Law, 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 race or color.
• 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 race or color.
• Publish, print, or circulate any advertisement or notice for employment that expresses any preference, limitation, or specification as to race or color.
• Retaliate or discriminate in any manner against an individual for opposing a discriminatory practice, making a charge, filing a complaint, testifying, assisting, or participating in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing.
• Aid, abet, incite, compel, or command a person to engage in a discriminatory act.
• Willfully interfere with the state Human Rights Commission or obstruct or prevent a person from complying with the Law or a commission order.
• Violate the terms of a conciliation agreement made under the Law.
Note: Unlike religion, national origin, sex, or age, there is no exception for race as a bona fide occupation qualification under the guidelines issued by the Tennessee Human Rights Commission (TN Rules and Regs. Sec. 1500-01-02-.05).