Tennessee Code Title 50. Employer and Employee § 50-2-102

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(a) All persons, firms and corporations using coupons, scrip, punchouts, store orders or other evidence of indebtedness to pay their laborers and employees, for labor or otherwise, shall, if demanded, redeem the coupons, scrip, punchouts, store orders or other evidence of indebtedness in the hands of the laborer, employee or bona fide holder, in good and lawful money of the United States;  provided, that the coupons, scrip, punchouts, store orders or other evidence of indebtedness is presented and redemption demanded of the person, firm or corporation issuing the coupons, scrip, punchouts, store orders or other evidence of indebtedness, as mentioned in this subsection (a), at a regular pay day of the person, firm or corporation to laborers or employees;  or, if presented and redemption demanded by the laborers, employees or bona fide holders at any time not less than thirty (30) days from the issuance or delivery of the coupon or other evidence of indebtedness to the employees, laborers or bona fide holder.  Redemption shall be at the face value of the coupon or other evidence of indebtedness;  provided, that the face value shall be in cash the same as its purchasing power in goods, wares and merchandise at the commissary store or other repository of the company, firm, person or corporation.

(b) Any employee, laborer or bona fide holder, upon presentation and demand for redemption of the coupon or other evidence of indebtedness, and upon refusal of the person, firm or corporation to redeem the coupon or other evidence of indebtedness in good and lawful money of the United States, may maintain in the employee's, laborer's or bona fide holder's own name an action before any court of competent jurisdiction against the person, firm or corporation, issuing the coupon or other evidence of indebtedness, pursuant to subsection (a), for the recovery of the value of the coupon or other evidence of indebtedness;  and, if the plaintiff recovers judgment in the case, it shall include a penalty of twenty-five percent (25%) of the amount due and a reasonable fee for the plaintiff's attorney for the attorney's services in the suit, all of which, as well as the costs, shall be taxed against the defendant.

(c) Nothing in this section is to be construed as to legalize the issuance or use of scrip.

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