Legal Question in Criminal Law in Tennessee

Is sexual harrasment a criminal case when the accused is a teacher or coach

Asked on 4/17/13, 8:18 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Tennessee does not have a criminal offense with the title "Sexual Harassment."

Some behavior that might be what is commonly called "sexual harassment" may be

criminally prosecuted under specific provisions of the criminal law, such as:

Sexual Battery

Sexual Battery By an Authority Figure

Solicitation of a Minor

Exploitation of a Minor by Electronic Means


and so on.

But other behavior that might be called "sexual harassment" (such as telling lewd jokes,

or posting pin-up pictures in a workplace), while they might be inappropriate, and can result in workplace discipline, are not criminal offenses.

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Answered on 4/18/13, 6:48 am

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