Public employers. Mississippi law prohibits discrimination in public employment against otherwise qualified applicants or employees based on disability (MS Code Sec. 25-9-103et seq.).
Private employers. Mississippi does not have a state law addressing issues of disability discrimination by private employers. However, most employers with 15 or more employees are covered by the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination based on disability in hiring, promotion, compensation, or other terms and conditions of employment. The ADA requires employers to offer a qualified individual with a disability reasonable accommodation to allow the individual to perform essential job functions.
The ADA has been interpreted to cover individuals with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), as well as those who have tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, regardless of whether they suffer from any AIDS-related symptoms. Other diseases that have specifically been found to be covered disabilities under the ADA include tuberculosis and chronic asthma.