Hello and thank you for entrusting me to assist you. My name is ***** ***** I will do everything I can to answer your question. While I can certainly appreciate where you are coming from, what you describe is not illegal. This is because employment in the state of TN is "at will
" absent an express agreement to the contrary. At will employment can be terminated for any reason not amounting to discrimination
on the basis of a legally protected trait (race, religion, gender, etc.) or retaliation
for engaging in certain forms of legally protected conduct (filing a wage claim, taking FMLA
leave, etc.). It doesn't matter whether the basis for termination
is fair, reasonable or even true. Thus, an employee can be let go for failing to obtain a certification, even if such a termination is completely unfair because the employee has already demonstrated the competence. Now, it is worth noting that employers have no incentive
at all to terminate employees without reason. Terminations cost employers money in the form of hiring and training expenses and increased unemployment insurance
premiums. So, if your employer is asking you to do something and conditioning your employment on it, chances are quite good its because they truly believe it's necessary. They don't have any reason to demand something that they believe is unnecessary. You can reason with them and attempt to explain why the certification is unnecessary. But ultimately, you will only remain employed if your employer wants to continue employing you, and if they only want to employ someone with a certification then that is their prerogative. I hope that you find this information helpful and am genuinely sorry if it is not what you were hoping to hear. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the above and I will be more than happy to assist you further.If you do not require any further assistance, please be so kind as to provide a positive rating of my service so that I may receive credit for assisting you. Very best wishes moving forward.