The MCAD Decisions represent the final order given by the Hearing Commissioner or their designee (Hearing Officer) based on the findings of fact and conclusions of law. The decisions are given on the authority granted to the Commission under G. L. c. 151B, sec. 5.

Based on the legal briefs submitted during the Public Hearing, a decision is issued either in favor of the Complainant or the Respondent.

If the MCAD finds in favor of the Respondent, the case is dismissed. If the decision is in favor of the Complainant, the MCAD may order any one of a number of remedies.

In employment cases, remedies may include awards of back pay and emotional distress damages; in housing cases remedies may include monetary damages reflecting housing expenses incurred and emotional distress damages. In both employment and housing cases, the MCAD has the authority to assess reasonable attorney fees and costs.

To view the previous MCAD decisions, please visit the Decisions Archive page. 

Appealing a Hearing Decision

Complainants or Respondents may appeal a Hearing Decision to the Full Commission within 10 days of receiving the Notice of the Decision.

For more information on filing an appeal please visit the Filing Motions and Appeals page.