Private employers. Mississippi has no comprehensive fair employment law covering private employers. However, most private employers in the state with 15 or more employees will be covered by federal civil rights laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits discrimination based on national origin. Title VII also prohibits employers from retaliating against an individual for filing a charge of discrimination, participating in a discrimination proceeding, or otherwise opposing discrimination.
Harassment. Title VII prohibits harassment in the workplace based on an individual's national origin. Harassing conduct, such as ethnic slurs, is unlawful when it unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance or creates a hostile work environment.
Public employers. State law prohibits state employers from discriminating against applicants for employment and employees based on national origin (MS Code Sec. 25-9-103 et seq). However, the law does not specify unlawful employment practices and does not provide for enforcement mechanisms.