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December 6, 2022

Who is protected under this law?

You may be protected under the Tennessee Workplace Violence Act if you are a victim of “unlawful violence” or a “credible threat of violence” at your workplace.1 For the purposes of this law, “unlawful violence” is defined as:

A “credible threat of violence” means words or actions that make you believe you are facing the threat of death or serious bodily injury.3 According to the law, this can happen through words or through actions like the following:

  • following you to or from your workplace;
  • entering your workplace;
  • following you during work hours; and/or
  • telephone calls, emails, or other correspondence with you.4

1 TN ST § 20-14-102
2 TN ST § 20-14-101(5)
3 TN ST § 20-14-101(2)
4 TN ST § 20-14-101(1), (2)

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