In Tennessee it’s illegal to discriminate against workers. The Tennessee state discrimination posters explain the rights and protections workers have under both federal and state law. These posters must be displayed in an area of the workplace where employees will be able to easily see them. Failure to correctly display the Tennessee state discrimination posters is against the law.
The Tennessee state discrimination posters explain the types of discrimination that are illegal in the workplace. No employee can be discriminated against because of his/her race, religion, color, creed, age, sex, national origin, or handicap. For these reasons a worker can’t be fired, denied a promotion, not hired, not recruited, or denied any other rights or privileges that go along with employment. Any employer with eight or more employees must follow these anti-discrimination laws. However, all employers with one or more employees must follow the anti-discrimination laws for anyone with a handicap.
The Tennessee Human Rights Commission enforces the laws that are outlined on the Tennessee state discrimination posters. Any person believing he/she has been discriminated against should file a complaint with the Commission. The complaint can be filed by the alleged victim by calling or personally visiting the nearest Tennessee Human Rights Commission office. The discrimination must be filed within one hundred and eighty days from the time of the last incident of discrimination. The complaint will be received by an Intake Review Officer. The claim will be reviewed to make sure it qualifies and then an investigation will begin. The investigation could take as long as six months.
The employer must ensure that the Tennessee state discrimination posters are displayed in the correct area. The employees must make sure they know where the posters are located and what information is on the posters. These posters are very important to recognizing and avoiding discrimination in the workplace.
Through my extensive research into the variations between state’s discrimination laws, I have found that most states adopt the same general principles when it comes to discrimination: don’t do it. The Federal government has guidelines that each state must adhere to. The major difference between the way that states handle discrimination is in the litigation. Because many discrimination cases are handled in the Federal courts, many of the rulings are the same. However, when a case is handled in the state courts, there can be major differences in the punishment and way that the case is handled.
In Tennessee, I found that it is unlawful to discriminate against an employee or potential employee based on race, religion, ancestry, sex, age (over 40), sexuality or country of origin.
If an employee or potential employee feels that he or she has been discriminated against, he or she has two actions: he can file with the Federal government or he can file with the state government. The Federal and state governments do cross-file their papers, so if you file with one, you will automatically be filed with the other, as long as you request the service.
When you believe that you have been discriminated against, you do have a timeframe in which you need to act. When you file with the state government, you must file within 180 days of the alleged discrimination. You have longer with the Federal government. Also, many people choose to file with the Federal government because you can claim more harm and therefore, possibly receive more benefits, than if you file with the state government.
It is always a good idea to get an attorney involved if you believe that you have been discriminated against. The attorney can assist you with the filing and with any charges that you may wish to press.
All the most recent labor law information including discrimination can be seen in detail on the Tennessee Complete Labor Law poster.