2021 Tennessee Code
Title 50 - Employer and Employee
Chapter 1 - Employment Relationship and Practices
Part 5 - Healthy Workplace Act
§ 50-1-502. Part Definitions

Universal Citation: TN Code § 50-1-502 (2021)

As used in this part:


  1. “Abusive conduct” means acts or omissions that would cause a reasonable person, based on the severity, nature, and frequency of the conduct, to believe that an employee was subject to an abusive work environment, such as:

    1. Repeated verbal abuse in the workplace, including derogatory remarks, insults, and epithets;

    2. Verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a threatening, intimidating, or humiliating nature in the workplace; or

    3. The sabotage or undermining of an employee's work performance in the workplace;

  2. “Agency” means any department, commission, board, office or other agency of the executive, legislative or judicial branch of state government;

  3. “Employee” means an employee of any county, metropolitan government, municipality, or other political subdivision of this state;

  4. “Employer” means a private employer and a state or local governmental entity;

  5. “Harassment” means two (2) or more instances of contact serving no legitimate purpose directed at an employee, in connection with that person's status as an employee, that a reasonable person would consider alarming, threatening, intimidating, abusive, or emotionally distressing and that does or reasonably could interfere with the performance of the employee's duties; and

  6. “Instance of contact” means a direct communication or physical touching.
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