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Filing a Wage and Hour Claim - Mississippi

Does Mississippi have state overtime laws that are different from federal law?

Mississippi does not have overtime laws that differ from federal overtime law.

Does Mississippi have a minimum wage that is different from federal law?

Mississippi does not have any laws establishing a state minimum wage. Therefore, the federal minimum wage applies, which is $7.25 per hour, or $2.13 per hour for tipped workers.

Do any cities or counties in Mississippi have a minimum wage that is different from state or federal law?

In 2013, Mississippi passed a law that stops any cities or counties in the state from passing their own minimum wage laws. Therefore, the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour, or $2.13 per hour for tipped workers, applies across the state.

Does Mississippi have meal and rest break requirements, unlike federal law?

Mississippi does not have any meal or rest break requirements.

How do I file a wage/hour or labor standards claim in Mississippi?

You cannot file a wage/hour or labor standards claim in Mississippi. Instead, you can file a federal claim.

What are my time deadlines?

Mississippi does not have any time deadlines that are different from federal law.

How can I or my attorney pursue a claim in court in Mississippi?

An employee can file a private lawsuit for wages owed pursuant to an employment contract. The statute of limitations for a written contract is three years, and the time limit to sue based on an unwritten employment contract is one year.

State Labor Agency

Mississippi has no state agency that enforces wage and hour laws; see the local DOL offices below.

Jackson District Office
US Dept. of Labor
Wage & Hour Division
McCoy Federal Building
100 West Capitol Street
Suite 725
Jackson, MS 39269
Phone: (601) 965-4347
Toll-Free: 1-866-487-9243

If you work in the Northeast Quadrant, the DOL suggests that it may be easier to visit its Gulf Coast District Office:

US Dept. of Labor
Wage & Hour Division
The Forum Building, Suite 605
950 22nd Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203-3711
Phone: (205) 536-8570
Toll-Free: 1-866-487-9243

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