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Terms of Employment: Mississippi

Terms of Employment requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Martin J. Regimbal, The Kullman Firm


  • While not explicitly prohibiting discrimination in employment by private employers, several Mississippi statutes prohibit discrimination on the basis of certain protected characteristics in employment supported in whole or in part by public funds and condition receipt of assistance and/or loans on certification by a private employer that it does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of certain protected characteristics. See Mississippi Antidiscrimination Laws.
  • Mississippi does not have any laws explicitly prohibiting discrimination in employment by private employers except for the prohibition against discrimination based on an individual's service in the military and in certain circumstances involving employment of unauthorized aliens. See Mississippi Antidiscrimination Laws; Mississippi Employment Protection Act.
  • Employers may not require as a term of employment that an employee abstain from smoking or using tobacco products during nonworking hours. See Use of Tobacco Products.
  • In Mississippi, in the absence of an employment contract and/or when a contract does not specify the term of employment, employment is considered at-will. See At-Will Employment.
  • Mississippi recognizes several exceptions to the employment at-will doctrine. See Exceptions to Employment At-Will.
  • Mississippi courts will enforce noncompete agreements, even when the only consideration offered by an employer is the employment itself or continued employment, as long as the geographic scope and duration of the agreement are reasonable. See Noncompete Agreements.