The Tennessee Antidiscrimination Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of national origin. Practices that discriminate against immigrants who are legally eligible to work may constitute national origin bias within the meaning of the Act. The Act covers employers with eight or more employees (TN Code Sec. 4-21-101 et seq.).
Citizenship requirements that are made a condition of employment discriminate on the basis of national origin in violation of the state law. Inquiries about a person's citizenship or country of birth are unlawful and imply discrimination on the basis of national origin.
The Tennessee Human Rights Commission enforces the Act. The Commission may receive, investigate, conciliate, hold hearings, and enforce its order in state court. The Commission may order the employer to stop the discriminatory practice, order hiring, reinstatement, upgrading (with or without back pay), the payment of damages (including damages for humiliation and embarrassment), plus costs including attorneys' fees (TN Code Sec. 4-21-306).