M.G.L. c. 151B; M.G.L. c. 149, § 105A

There are various state and federal laws that protect an individual’s right to access education, employment, housing, credit or financial services, healthcare, transportation, and places of public accommodation, as well as the right to vote and the right to free speech and privacy, among other things. 

Workplace Discrimination

Employees and job applicants who have been discriminated against in the workplace on the basis of their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, veteran or military status, age (40 and older), disability, sexual orientation, genetics, or based on reporting of discrimination, may have had their employment rights under the Massachusetts Antidiscrimination Laws violated and should report these violations to the Attorney General's Civil Rights Division.

Equal Pay

In 1945, Massachusetts became the first state in the country to make it unlawful for an employer to discriminate between men and women in the payment of wages.  The Massachusetts Equal Pay Act requires that all employees be paid the same for comparable work, regardless of gender.  Employees who have been discriminated against by being paid less than employees of the opposite sex who perform the same or comparable work may have had their rights violated. 

For questions relating to discrimination in the workplace or the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act, contact the Attorney General's Civil Rights Division at (617) 963-2917 or (617) 727-4765 (TTY).

To make a complaint concerning equal pay, use the Civil Rights E-Complaint Form and check “Employment” as the nature of the complaint.

Complaints relating to discrimination in the workplace can also be filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) or the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.