• (a) It is the purpose and intent of the general assembly by this chapter to:

    • Terms Used In Tennessee Code 4-21-101

      • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
      • Commission: means the Tennessee human rights commission. See Tennessee Code 4-21-102
      • National origin: includes the national origin of an ancestor. See Tennessee Code 4-21-102
      • Sex: means and refers only to the designation of an individual person as male or female as indicated on the individual's birth certificate. See Tennessee Code 4-21-102
      • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105

      (1) Provide for execution within Tennessee of the policies embodied in the federal Civil Rights Acts of 1964, 1968 and 1972, the Pregnancy Amendment of 1978 (42 U.S.C. § 2000e(k)), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (29 U.S.C. § 621 et seq.);

    • (2) Assure that Tennessee has appropriate legislation prohibiting discrimination in employment, public accommodations and housing sufficient to justify the deferral of cases by the federal equal employment opportunity commission, the department of housing and urban development, the secretary of labor and the department of justice under those statutes;

    • (3) Safeguard all individuals within the state from discrimination because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age or national origin in connection with employment and public accommodations, and because of race, color, creed, religion, sex or national origin in connection with housing;

    • (4) Protect their interest in personal dignity and freedom from humiliation;

    • (5) Make available to the state their full productive capacity in employment;

    • (6) Secure the state against domestic strife and unrest that would menace its democratic institutions;

    • (7) Preserve the public safety, health and general welfare; and

    • (8) Further the interest, rights, opportunities and privileges of individuals within the state.

  • (b) The prohibitions in this chapter against discrimination because of age in connection with employment and public accommodations shall be limited to individuals who are at least forty (40) years of age.