Payment of wages. Private employers must follow certain wage payment provisions. Violations result in a fine. Willful violations are punishable by a greater fine (TN Code Sec. 50-2-103).
Child labor. The Department has the authority to inspect all employment records for minors at any reasonable time and as often as necessary to make sure the laws are enforced (TN Code Sec. 50-5-110 and Sec. 50-5-111). Employers that violate Tennessee's child labor laws may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine. The amount of the penalty is based on the size of the business and the gravity of the violation. Each day a violation continues after the employer has been notified by the Department of the violation is a separate offense (TN Code Sec. 50-5-112).
Misrepresenting wages. It is a Class C misdemeanor for an employer to misrepresent to a new employee the amount of wages the employee will earn, and the employer must pay a civil penalty (TN Code Sec. 50-2-104).
Discrimination. Tennessee law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on sex when determining their wages. It is a Class A misdemeanor for an ...