The Tennessee Human Rights Act prohibits hiring practices that discriminate on the basis of 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 on the basis of mental or physical disability (TN Code Sec. 8-50-103 et seq.).