The Tennessee Human Rights Act prohibits hiring practices that discriminate based on race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin, unless the characteristic is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ). The Act applies to all public employers and to private employers with eight or more employees (TN Code Sec. 4-21-101 et seq.). A separate law prohibits discrimination based on mental or physical disability (TN Code Sec. 8-50-103 et seq.).
Tennessee's Polygraph Examiners Act mandates that polygraph examinations given for employment purposes must include certain individual protections (TN Code Sec. 62-27-101 et seq.). The Act also prohibits employers from basing any personnel decision solely on the results of a polygraph examination (TN Code Sec. 62-27-128).