Mississippi has no comprehensive fair employment law covering private employers. However, most employers in the state that have 15 or more employees will be covered by federal fair employment laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, gender, national origin, religion, disability, and genetic information. Federal law also prohibits employers with 20 or more employees from discriminating against applicants and employees who are 40 years of age or older based on age. Generally, employers may not retaliate against employees for engaging in a “protected activity,” which is defined as either:
• Opposing a discriminatory practice by the employer, or
• Participating as a witness or a party in the investigation, processing, or hearing of an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charge.