Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

Published by
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Employment: Discrimination

F12 Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

F13 Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity


F12 Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD)
One Ashburton Place, Room 601
Boston, MA 02108-1518
Tel: 617-994-6000
TTY: 617-994-6196
www.mass.gov/mcad

Under MGL Ch. 272:92A, 98, and 98A the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination prohibits discrimination in public accommodation based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, blindness, deafness, or disability. The Fair Employment Practices Law prohibits discrimination in employment based on the above reasons as well as on marital status, age, and public assistance as delineated in MGL Ch. 151B: 4 (14 and 15). Provisions of the Fair Employment Practices Law further interpret discrimination in employment to include protection of an employee who is terminated or not hired for other related reasons such as maternity leave, religious observance, and criminal history. Contact the MCAD to file a complaint.

Regional Offices:

800 Purchase Street, Room 501
New Bedford, MA 02740
Tel: 508-990-2390

436 Dwight Street, Room 220
Springfield, MA 01103
Tel: 413-739-2145

484 Main Street, Room 320
Worcester, MA 01608
Tel: 508-453-9630


F13 Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity
Division of Human Resources
One Ashburton Place, Room 213
Boston, MA 02108-1516
Tel: 617-727-7441
TTY: 617-878-9819
Fax: 617-878-9830
www.mass.gov/hrd/aboutodeo

Formerly the State Office of Affirmative Action, the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity's scope has been broadened to create a workplace that welcomes, respects and values people of abilities, cultures, nationalities, religions, races, genders, sexual orientation, ethnic backgrounds and veteran's status. Helping to identify and remove barriers so that programs and services are accessible to all the citizens of Massachusetts, and develop partnerships with public and private organizations to share best practices for enhancing workforce diversity.


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