The Attorney General's Office brings enforcement actions under state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, and advocates for employment rights by reviewing policy and legislation regarding employment discrimination and by filing amicus briefs in employment discrimination cases.

Through the Civil Rights Division, the AGO accepts and reviews complaints of employment discrimination. Under M.G.L. c. 151B, an employer may not take any adverse action against an employee or job applicant because of his or her membership in the following protected classes:

RaceSexSexual orientation
ColorMilitary personnelGenetics
Religious creedAge: 40 and overRetaliation
National originHandicapSexual harassment
AncestryGender IdentityCriminal record (applications only)

Although discrimination based on the above protected classes is illegal, an employer may lawfully terminate an employee for other reasons.

If you feel you have experienced employment discrimination, you may contact the Civil Rights Division at (617) 727 2200, or you may file a civil rights complaint

In addition, you may file a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination at (617) 994-0600, or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at (617) 565-3200. 

You may also obtain a referral to a private attorney through the Massachusetts Bar Association at (617) 654-0400, or the Boston Bar Lawyer Referral Service at (617) 742-0625.

If you have a complaint or a question about the payment of wages, minimum wage, overtime, tip pooling, child labor, Sunday and holiday premium pay laws, or the arbitration of related public construction bid disputes, view the Workplace Rights section of this website.