Mississippi is an employment-at-will state. This means anyone who is not working under an employment contract is considered to be employed "at will." An employer may terminate an at-will employee at any time and for any reason, as long as it is not illegal to do so. If you think you are a victim of wrongful termination, the experienced employee rights attorneys at our law firm, Watson & Norris, PLLC, in Jackson, Mississippi, are ready to help you.
It is illegal for employers to terminate an employee due to:
In Mississippi, employers are also prevented from terminating employees:
This special exception to the at-will employment status affecting employees in Mississippi is the result of two important public policy exceptions adopted by the Mississippi Supreme Court in the landmark McArn v. Allied Bruce-Terminex, Inc. case in 1993.
Recovery in a wrongful termination lawsuit may include back wages, reinstatement, future wages in lieu of reinstatement, compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorneys' fees and costs.