Under Tennessee law, it is unlawful for employers, labor organizations, or joint labor-management committees to discriminate in selection for and employment in apprenticeship programs because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, or national origin (TN Code Sec. 4-21-404 et seq.). The law prohibits printing, publishing, or circulating any advertisement indicating a preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on any of the protected characteristics. However, employers can make distinctions based on religion or sex when either is a bona fide occupational qualification for apprenticeship employment. An employer may also adopt and carry out a plan to hire new apprentices that eliminates or reduces imbalance with respect to race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin. The plan must be filed with the Tennessee Human Rights Commission.