The Tennessee Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age (40 and over), or national origin, unless age, sex, or religion is a BFOQ (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.). Both laws apply to public employers and private employers with eight or more employees.
Apprenticeship and training programs. The state's Human Rights Act prohibits employers from discriminating against an individual on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, or national origin in admission to or employment in an apprenticeship or training program. Employers are also prohibited from printing, publishing, or circulating any statement, advertisement, or publication concerning an apprenticeship or training program that indicates a discriminatory preference, limitation, or specification, unless religion or sex is a BFOQ (TN Code Sec. 4-21-404).