Due to the state of emergency declared in Massachusetts related to the COVID-19 virus, the MCAD is initiating temporary emergency changes to its processes and procedures as outlined below. Please check back here for updates and developments relative to the MCAD.
Guide MCAD COVID-19 Information & Resource Center
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Suspension of In-Person Services
Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) has closed its offices to the public for the safety of our staff and our communities. The MCAD continues to provide services to the public through alternative means outlined herein. Due to longer processing times for postal mail, the agency encourages attorneys and participants to communicate with the MCAD by e-mail and phone.
How to File a Complaint During the COVID-19 Pandemic
If you want to file a complaint during the COVID-19 Health Crisis and you do not have an attorney, you may schedule a phone consultation with an investigator by using the MCAD's Intake Scheduling Portal.
Read before booking: In most cases, you only have 300 days from the last discriminatory act to file at the MCAD (or 6 months for education admissions cases). If your Statute of Limitations expires within 48 hours, please do not book an appointment using the Intake Scheduling portal, and instead call the MCAD and request an emergency intake: 617-994-6000
NOTICE: If you need an interpreter services during your intake, please call the MCAD Language Access Line - (617) 994-6071 and a representative will call you to schedule your appointment.
Filing a Complaint by an Attorney or Duly Authorized Representative
If you are an attorney or Duly Authorized Representative (DAR) filing a Complaint on behalf of an individual, please contact the MCAD for filing instructions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- See MCAD's Guidance for Out-of-State Attorneys.
Temporary Emergency Processes and Procedures
Beginning the week of April 6, 2020, the Commission will begin electronic service, where practicable, of certain notifications, including but not limited to: Serving Complaints of Discrimination, and Issuing Dismissals, Orders, Investigative Findings (Determinations), Hearing Decisions, Full Commission Decisions, and scheduling letters.
MCAD Proceedings Being Held by Telephone
Many of the agency’s proceedings may proceed via telephone, such as investigative conferences, mediations, conciliations, preliminary hearings (LOPC Appeals), status conferences and pre-hearing conferences. We will continue to conduct these proceedings, as practicable, by telephone.
MCAD Proceedings Being Held by Videoconference
The MCAD may hold Investigative Conferences, Preliminary Hearings (appeals), pre-hearing and certification conferences, and ADR sessions (mediations and conciliations) via Zoom videoconference software. Parties may request to participate by telephone if they do not have videoconference capabilities.
View the MCAD Guidance on participating in a Virtual Proceedings at the MCAD →
How to Submit a Request for Tolling and Extensions
The MCAD Commissioners are keenly aware that not everyone may have the ability to file a Complaint during this crisis, and employers and businesses may not be fully functioning and may need additional time to respond to complaints.
Please note that extending a filing deadline (tolling) and granting a motion requesting an extension will be determined on a case-by-case basis through each individual Investigating Commissioner.
To submit a motion, please email a PDF of your motion to the investigator or staff member assigned to your case. If you do not know the person assigned to your investigation, please email email@example.com.
Resources for Businesses and Employers
Replying to a Complaint
If you have been served with an MCAD Complaint, you must reply to the allegations in the form of a written "Position Statement" that must be filed with the MCAD via email and served on the Complainant via email.
How to File an Electronic Position Statement
In the Subject Line of your email, you must include your docket number, party names, and the first and last name of the MCAD Investigator assigned to your case.
Boston cases: firstname.lastname@example.org
Springfield cases: email@example.com
Worcester cases: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Bedford cases: email@example.com
The Position Statement email addresses only accept position statements and position statement attachments. Please do not send any other documents or requests to this email address as those communications will not be reviewed or responded to.
If you need to send other documents or have an inquiry relative to your case, please contact the MCAD investigator assigned to your case directly.
Register for Anti-Discrimination Training
For more information about anti-discrimination training for managers and staff, contact the MCAD training unit at Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org
General Contact Information
If you want to speak with an MCAD representative, please call one of our offices listed below. Your call will be returned by one of our staff members between the hours of 9 am - 5 pm.
Boston Office - (617) 994-6000
New Bedford office - Closed as of 10/31/2020. Please call the Boston office: 617-994-6000
Worcester office - (508) 453-9630
Springfield office - (413) 739-2145
Language Access Line - (617) 994-6071
TTY - (617) 994-6196
Division Contact Information
Chief of Investigations
Heather Hall email@example.com
Constance McGrane firstname.lastname@example.org
Clerk of the Commission
Myrna Solod email@example.com
Director of Alternative Dispute Resolution
Michael Zeytoonian firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Training, Recruitment and Legislation
Jeremy Scheiner email@example.com
Executive Assistant to the Commissioners
H Harrison firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Records Requests
Theresa Lepore email@example.com
Mike Memmolo firstname.lastname@example.org