Mississippi Sex Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Mississippi Sex Discrimination: What you need to know

Private employers. Mississippi has no comprehensive fair employment law covering private employers. However, employers that have 15 or more employees are covered by federal law under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of sex.
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Public employers. State law prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sex in the Mississippi state personnel system (MS Code Sec. 25-9-149 andCMSR 27-001-110, Rule 7.4).
Sexual harassment is a form of unlawful sex discrimination and is expressly prohibited in public employment. All state agencies are required to provide a workplace free from sexual harassment. No employee may imply, suggest, or threaten that an applicant's or employee's cooperation in any form of harassment, or refusal to cooperate, will have any effect on the individual's employment status, including assignment, compensation, advancement, or any other condition of employment. The administrative rule applies equally to sexual harassment of men and women (CMSR 27-001-110, Rule 7.5.4).

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