Massachusetts civil rights law prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation including:
- Hotels or other places of lodging
- Restaurants or bars
- Theatres, sports stadiums, or other places of entertainment
- Stores or other retail establishments
- Service establishments, such as laundromats, gas stations, lawyers or accountants
- Hospitals, medical and dental offices, and other health care facilities
- Transportation providers or stations
- Museums, libraries, or other places of public display
- Parks, gyms, beaches, or other places of recreation
- Schools, colleges, and other educational institutions
- Child care centers, senior citizen centers, and other social service establishments
- Public streets and highways
- Public spaces such as court rooms and polling places
Lending & Credit Businesses
Massachusetts civil rights law also prohibits discrimination in the mortgage, lending, and credit contexts.
What Is Discrimination?
Discrimination begins when a store employee, service provider, or lender treats individuals differently than others because of their membership in a particular group.
Businesses cannot discriminate against individuals based on their:
Race, Color, Religion, National origin, Ancestry, Sex, Gender identity, Age, Disability, Sexual orientation, Marital status, Children, Past involvement in a discrimination complaint, Veteran status, or Status as a recipient of public assistance