M.G.L. c. 149, § 148A; M.G.L. c. 151 § 19(1) and (5); et al.

It is against the law for an employer to punish, discriminate against, or harm a worker in any way for trying to enforce the rights explained on these pages.  For example, an employer may not retaliate against a worker because the worker complained to Attorney General's Office or any other person about violation of the worker's rights (or a co-worker's rights).

Retaliation includes firing a worker, taking away pay or hours, giving the worker undesirable assignments or shifts, reporting the worker or the worker's family to immigration authorities, or taking any other adverse action.  Retaliation also includes threatening to punish the worker.

The rights enforced by the Fair Labor Division apply to all workers, regardless of immigration status, including undocumented workers. If an employer reports or threatens to report a worker to immigration authorities because the worker complained about a violation of rights, the employer can be prosecuted and/or subject to civil penalties.

More Information:

Anti-Retaliation Protections Under the Massachusetts Wage and Hour Laws: English pdf format of Anti-Retaliation Protections Under MA Wage & Hour Laws
/ Spanish pdf format of Anti-Retaliation Protections - Spanish
/ Portuguese pdf format of Anti-Retaliation Protections - Portuguese
/ Chinese (Simplified) pdf format of 马萨诸塞州工资与工时法 打击报复的措施
/ Chinese (Traditional) pdf format of 麻薩諸塞州工資與工時法 打擊報復的措施