Mississippi Termination (with Discharge) laws & HR compliance analysis

Mississippi Termination (with Discharge): What you need to know

Mississippi is an "employment at-will" state. This means that either the employer or the employee may end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, or for no reason. However, there are some limited exceptions to the "at-will" rule. In addition, a collective bargaining agreement or individual employment contract may place further limitations on an otherwise at-will employment relationship.
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As a general rule, if a federal, state, or local law grants employees the right to engage in an activity or to enjoy a benefit, employees should never be disciplined, discharged, or otherwise retaliated against for requesting or attempting to do so.
To list a few key examples, state law prohibits employers from discharging employees for engaging in the following activities:
Jury duty. Employers may not discharge employees because of jury service if the employees provide reasonable notice to the employers (MS Code Sec. 13-5-35).
Military membership/reemployment. State law provides that it is illegal for employers to discharge employees who are either members of the armed forces reserves or former members of the U.S. armed forces because of their military service. (MS Code Sec. 33-1-15).
Furthermore, current and former members of the reserves or the U.S. armed forces who took leaves of absence from their employment to perform their duties or to receive training with the U.S. armed forces must be reemployed in their previous or similar positions with the same status, pay, and seniority. People seeking reemployment must still be able to perform such jobs (MS Code Sec. 33-1-19).
Mississippi Employment Protection Act (MEPA). Under the MEPA, employers may not discharge employees who are U.S. ...

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