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Performance Appraisals: Tennessee

Performance Appraisals requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: James L. Holt, Jr., Jackson, Shields, Yeiser & Holt


  • With limited exceptions, Tennessee is an at-will employment state. See Employment At-Will.
  • Tennessee law provides that any employer responding to a request from a prospective employer who provides truthful, fair and unbiased information about a current or former employee's job performance is presumed to be acting in good faith. See Qualified Immunity for Disclosure of Employee's Job Performance.
  • Tennessee employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees in regard to performance appraisals on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or in retaliation for making a claim of unlawful discrimination. See Performance Appraisals and Discrimination.
  • Tennessee law prohibits retaliation against employees who engage in protected activities. See Performance Appraisals and Retaliation.
  • Tennessee courts recognize negligent hiring and retention claims. See Negligent Retention.