What to Know About Workplace Discrimination in Tennessee

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It is important to understand that if you are facing discrimination in the workplace, you are protected. Contact our firm as soon as possible to speak with an experienced Knoxville employment discrimination attorney today. Our firm is on your side.

What are the different kinds of workplace discrimination in Tennessee?

It is unfortunate that employees around the world are still facing discrimination in the workplace. Below are just some of the types of discrimination our clients have faced:

  • Color Discrimination: Those of color are protected classes under Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission describes “color” as the complexion, shade/tone, or pigmentation of one’s skin.
  • National Origin Discrimination: In the event that an employer discriminates against an employee because of their place of birth, an accent, or because they are married or are associated with someone of a certain national origin, it is likely that the employee will have a viable national origin discrimination claim.
  • Race Discrimination: If a person is discriminated against as a result of their race, they are violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. While society should be in a place where race discrimination does not happen, unfortunately, it still does.
  • Sex Discrimination: Discrimination on the basis of one’s gender is still seen across the board.
  • Religious Discrimination: Religious discrimination in the workplace is deemed a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Religious discrimination usually comes in the form of failing to provide an employee with certain appropriate accommodations, such as exceptions to dress and grooming rules, short breaks for praying, flexible scheduling for religious holidays, and more.
  • Disability Discrimination: Those with disabilities, unfortunately, face discrimination daily in the workplace. You must note, however, that employees with disabilities are protected from discrimination under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.
  • Age Discrimination: The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1976 says that employees over the age of 40 who work for private employers with a minimum of 20 employees can not be discriminated against solely because of their age. If you have skepticism that you were denied a promotion, fired, or otherwise negatively impacted at your job solely because of your age, you may have a valid discrimination claim.

The mentioned issues above are just exterior-level problems that our lawyers have seen. No matter what, if you have been discriminated against, do not wait to reach out to our firm today. Our legal team is on your side and is prepared to fight for you and your rights. Contact us today to retain the services of a dedicated Knoxville employment attorney.


If you need a Knoxville workers’ compensation lawyer or employment law attorney, Morris & Doolan is here to support you. Our firm has significant experience representing clients facing a wide range of workers’ compensation matters, including denial of benefits, appeals, and third-party lawsuits. If you need a Tennessee employment lawyer, we are experienced in handling matters ranging from discrimination and sexual harassment to wrongful termination and FMLA. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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