For Immediate Release - February 09, 2016

MCAD 2015 Annual Report Released:

Case Closures surpass Previous Record-Breaking Year

The 2015 Annual Report of MCAD pdf format of 2015 MCAD Annual Report
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The 2015 Annual Report includes detailed statistical reporting on the complaints filed and investigated at the Commission as well as an overview case process, Commission activity, and summaries of cases tried before the Commission. The Annual Report is designed to provide guidance to the stakeholders who encounter the work of the agency; Public Interest Groups, non-profit organizations, attorneys practicing before the Commission, and the general public.

The Report notes that, for the second year in a row, the MCAD has closed more cases than it received. With 3,024 cases filed and 3,677 closed, the agency was able to reduce its active inventory of cases by 635. This year, the MCAD has effectively eliminated more cases from its inventory than the previous three years, setting a new record for the current administration

Furthermore, The Report addresses the expansion of the MCAD’s jurisdiction, which now covers the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and the Massachusetts Parental Leave Act; the congregation of the 9th Annual Northeast Regional Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference; and the reaffirmations of its 15-year partnership with the Office of Fair Housing and Equity. Moreover, the publication reports on the Commission’s operational improvements, enhanced language accessibility via its website redesign, and the testimony by the agency’s Commissioners for several bills before the Legislature.

To receive a printed copy of the MCAD 2015 Annual Report, please contact H Harrison, Assistant to the Commissioners, at h.harrison@state.ma.us or by phone at 617-994-6147 or download a PDF version pdf format of 2015 MCAD Annual Report
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About the MCAD: The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) was established in 1946 as the state’s chief civil rights agency charged with the authority to investigate, prosecute, adjudicate, and resolve cases of discrimination laws in these areas: Employment, Housing, Credit, Public Accommodation, and Access to Education. The MCAD protects individuals in numerous categories including race, color, creed, national origin, age, disability, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The MCAD is an independent agency of the Commonwealth, which receives funding from the Massachusetts Legislature and through contracts with its federal partners, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The Commission also is a training center for employees, housing professionals, and the general public.