Public employers. State law specifically prohibits hiring practices in state employment that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or political affiliation. A separate disability law also covers state and local government, public schools, and other state-funded employment (MS Code Sec. 25-9-103 et seq.).
Private employers. Although Mississippi does not have a law for private employers that regulates discriminatory hiring practices, employers with 15 or more employees are covered by federal fair employment laws that prohibit employment discrimination.
Smokers' rights. Mississippi law prohibits requiring that any applicant or employee abstain from using tobacco products during nonworking hours as a condition of employment. The law does not prohibit employers from implementing policies on smoking in the workplace. The law covers all employers, regardless of size (MS Code Sec. 71-7-33).
Military status. Employers are prohibited from discriminating against applicants or employees on the basis of military status (MS Code Sec. 33-1-15). The law applies to any person, firm, or corporation in the state.