Mississippi--Laws Relating to Pregnancy

Mississippi--Laws Relating to Pregnancy

MISSISSIPPI

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Prohibitions against Pregnancy Discrimination

State employers shall not terminate the employment of any employee because of pregnancy or require that such employee take a mandatory leave.[1]

For the text of the statute, click here.

Pregnancy Accommodation

Mississippi does not provide additional protections to the federal law.

Pregnancy-related Disability Accommodation

Mississippi does not specifically accommodate pregnancy or its attendant medical conditions as a disability.

Breastfeeding Rights

All Employers

No employer shall prohibit an employee from expressing breast milk during any meal period or other break period provided by the employer.[2]

For the text of the statute, click here.

Child Care Facilities

Licensed child care facilities shall be required to provide breast-feeding mothers, including employees, a sanitary place with an electrical outlet, comfortable chair, and nearby access to running water that is not a toilet stall to breast-feed their children or express milk. A refrigerator will be available for storage of expressed breast milk.[3]

For the text of the statute, click here.

Family and Childcare Leave Laws

Employers with six or more Employees – Pregnancy Leave

Pregnant women shall be allowed to use major medical leave for regularly scheduled prenatal care.[4]

For the text of the statute, click here.

For the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, click here.

For the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, click here.

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[1] MS State Policy and Procedure Manual Sec. 7.22.8

[2] Miss. Code § 71-1-55

[3] Miss. Code § 43-20-31

[4] MS State Policy and Procedure Manual Sec. 7.22.8

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