Mississippi Religious Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Mississippi Religious Discrimination: What you need to know

Private employers. Mississippi has no comprehensive fair employment law covering private employers. However, private employers with 15 or more employees are covered by federal law under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion and requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation for the religious beliefs and practices of job applicants and employees.
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State law specifically prohibits hiring practices in state employment that discriminate on the basis of religious creed (MS Code Sec. 25-9-103 et seq.).
Under Title VII, employers must attempt to provide reasonable accommodation for the religious beliefs and practices of job applicants and employees, unless to do so would create an undue business hardship. Such accommodation may mean exploring and implementing alternative workplace practices that are compatible with the employee's religious beliefs, such as flexible arrival and departure times, floating or optional holidays, flexible work breaks, use of lunch time in exchange for early departure, staggered work hours, and permitting an employee to make up time lost due to the observance of religious practices.
Generally, an employee has to give notice to trigger an employer’s obligation to discuss an accommodation; however, the employee does not need to ask for a specific accommodation based on religion if the employer has enough information about an employee's religious needs to understand that there is a conflict between the employee's religious practices and the employer's job requirements.
Once an employer is notified, it must respond to the employee's request but is not required to ...

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