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Discrimination in Massachusetts



Women, minorities and others have historically been the victims of discrimination. To stop this unequal treatment, the federal government and the state of Massachusetts have passed laws making it illegal for employers to discriminate against a number of protected classes. Employees and job applicants who think they are the victims of job discrimination should talk to an employment discrimination attorney for help in filing a complaint against the company.

When Do You Need a Job Discrimination Attorney?

When is job discrimination illegal? In a variety of circumstances.

According to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination:

"Massachusetts employers with six or more employees are prohibited from discriminating against employees based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, handicap (disability), mental illness, retaliation, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, and genetics. In addition, employers have an affirmative responsibility to provide maternity leave to biological and adoptive parents."

Still other federal anti-discrimination laws provide additional protections to employees.

If you think you've been discriminated against in the hiring process, while working in a job or when being terminated from a job, you should hire an employment discrimination lawyer immediately. Your attorney can guide you through the process of filing a complaint against the company with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. It's important to act quickly, because you have only 300 days from the date the discrimination last occurred to file a claim.

Depending on the outcome of the government investigation, you may also be given a letter authorizing you to file a lawsuit against the company in civil court. Your employment discrimination attorney can help you file that lawsuit and represent you in court.

Find & Hire Local Massachusetts Discrimination Attorneys

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