Tennessee Civil Rights laws & HR compliance analysis

Tennessee Civil Rights: What you need to know

The Tennessee Human Rights Act prohibits employers from discriminating in employment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, or age (TN Code Sec. 4-21-101 et seq.). The Act covers all public employers and private employers with eight or more employees, including employment agencies and labor unions.
Under the Act, it is unlawful for a covered employer to:
• Fail or refuse to hire, discharge, or otherwise discriminate against an individual on the basis of a protected characteristic.
• Limit, segregate, or classify an individual for employment in any way that deprives or tends to deprive the individual of employment opportunities or adversely affects employment status.
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It is unlawful for any person, including an employer of any size, to:
• Retaliate or discriminate in any manner against an individual because he or she has opposed an unlawful discriminatory practice, made a charge, filed a complaint, or testified, assisted, or participated in any investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the Act.
• Intentionally interfere with the state human rights commission in the performance of its duties or exercise of its power.
• Intentionally obstruct or prevent an individual from complying with the Act or a commission order.
• Violate the terms of a conciliation agreement made under the Act.
No individual liability. Effective July 1, 2014, an individual employee or agent of an employer cannot be liable for any violation of the Act (TN Code Sec. 4-21-301(b) ).
The Tennessee Disability Act prohibits employers with eight or more employees from discriminating against any applicant or employee on the basis of physical or mental disability or visual impairment, unless the disability to some ...

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