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Employment At-Will: Tennessee

Employment At-Will requirements for other states

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

Author: Christine P. Corrigan, CPC Writing Services

Summary

  • Employment relationships in Tennessee are presumed to be at-will. See The At-Will Relationship.
  • Tennessee recognizes limited exceptions to the at-will presumption, including written and verbal contracts and public policy exceptions. See Employment At-Will Exceptions.
  • At-will employees in Tennessee challenging a discharge may file claims against their employers under tort theories, including intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation, so long as the employee is able to satisfy an evidentiary burden. See Tort Considerations.