State law specifically prohibits discrimination in state employment based on political affiliation, race, national origin, sex, religious creed, age, or disability (MS Code Sec. 25-9-103). A separate disability law also covers state and local government, public schools, and other state-funded employment (MS Code Sec. 43-6-15). Employers will likely violate these provisions if application forms ask for information about any of these characteristics, unless the inquiry is job-related.