NOTE: If the Charging Party fails to comply with the following requirements, the DLR may dismiss the Charge without further processing.

  1. The Charging Party must submit a "Charge" in the form of a "CHARGE OR PROHIBITED PRACTICE" with the Division of Labor Relations within six (6) months from the date the Charging party knew or should have known the alleged prohibited practice, unless good cause shown. [1]

2. The Charge SHALL contain the following information:

  • The full name and address of the individual, employer, employee or employee organization making the Charge and his or her official position if any.

  • The full name and principal place of business of the employer, employee or employee organization against whom the Charge is made;

  • An enumeration of the subdivision(s) of G.L.c.150E or G.L.c.150A claimed to have been violated.

  • The Charging Party's claims MUST contain a clear and concise statement of the relevant facts constituting the prohibited labor practice, including the name(s) of the individuals involved in the prohibited practice, the time(s) and place(s) of the particular act(s) giving the rise to the dispute, and the specific provisions of either G.L.c. 150E of G.L.c. 150A alleged to have been violated. It is essential that the allegations contained in the Charge be specific so that the Respondent is placed on full and clear notice of the precise nature of the allegations.

  • A declaration by the person signing the Charge, under the penalties of perjury, that its contents are true and correct to the best of his or her knowledge and belief; and

  • A certification that the Charging Party has complied with 456 CMR 12.02 by serving a true and accurate copy of the Charge and any accompanying documents on the employer or employee organization against whom the Charge is made, hereafter called the Respondent.

  • The Division will review the Charge for compliance with the above requirements. Once the Division is satisfied that the Charge meets the above requirements, it will issue a Notice That a Charge Has Been Docketed and Notice of In-Person Investigation Conference ("Notice"). The Notice will include a scheduled time, date and place for the In-Person Investigative Conference.

  • The Respondent shall have the right to file an answer (hereinafter referred to as a "Response") to the original or amended Charge within fourteen (14) days after receipt of the Notice or within such other time as the Division may require. The Response should be labeled "Respondent's Response" and include the Division's case number. Before the receipt of any Response, and Charge may be amended as of right, and, after the receipt of any Response, only with the permission of the Division.


[1]The form is available on the Division of Labor Relations website: WWW.MASS.GOV/DLR