Involuntary Terminations: Tennessee
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Christine P. Corrigan, CPC Writing Services
Updating Author: XpertHR Editorial Team
- When cause is required for terminating an employee, Tennessee courts require that the motivation for termination derive from a specific source. See Termination for Cause.
- Tennessee's plant closing law covers more employers than are covered by the federal WARN Act and its notification provisions are triggered in more scenarios. See Layoffs, Reductions in Force and Plant Closings.
- Tennessee law prohibits employers for terminating employees based solely on their ownership or legal transport of firearms. See Termination Based on Ownership or Transport of Firearms.
- Tennessee law prohibits employers from terminating or discriminating against employees based on union membership or lack thereof. See Termination Based on Union Membership.
- Tennesee law contains expansive protections for franchisors operating in the state. See Franchisor Protections.
- Tennessee law prohibits employers from terminating or discriminating against employees for serving on a jury. See Termination Related to Jury Service.
- Tennessee law prohibits employers from terminating against employees for smoking or using tobacco products. See Termination for Tobacco Use.
- Tennessee law prohibits employers from terminating against employees for voting or failing to vote. See Termination for Political Activities.
- Tennessee law prohibits employers from terminating an employee "solely for refusing to participate in, or for refusing to remain silent about, illegal activities." See Whistleblower Protections.