The Tennessee Supreme Court has reversed decades of precedents in a ruling that places the burden of proof on employers to prove that claims of discrimination or retaliation are false. Previously, employees were required to prove that they weren't fired for cause before a case could proceed to trial. "The initial reaction from some folks in our community is this is egregious. Big businesses will likely settle, but many small businesses will likely go out of business," said Jim Brown of Tennessee's branch of the National Federation of Independent Business.

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