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.).
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.