State Law: Mississippi
This information is intended to familiarize you with employment discrimination law in Mississippi, so you may determine the strengths and weaknesses of any claims you may have and educate yourself as to your rights, so you can informatively talk to your employer.
Generally, women in Mississippi who wish to bring a claim of discrimination must do so under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a federal statute. There are also state tort (civil) laws under which you can bring discrimination claims, primarily in response to sexual harassment. These include assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. You should read Filing Procedures to understand the process involved in bringing a claim and to know what remedies you can expect.
Anyone seriously considering taking legal action should consult an attorney. You also need to be aware that those who take their cases to court are not often successful and large awards are rare. You may be more successful pursuing alternative dispute resolutions outside the courtroom, which are often available under mediation clauses in employment contracts.
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