|
|

Massachusetts Civil Rights: What you need to know

The Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA) prohibits employment practices that discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, status as a veteran, age (40 years and older), military status, or handicap(MA Gen. Laws Ch. 151B Sec. 1et seq.). The FEPA defines "gender identity" as a person's gender-related identity, appearance, or behavior, regardless of whether it is different from the person's physiology or assigned sex at birth.
The FEPA covers all public employers and private employers with six or more employees, including employment agencies and labor unions.
For a Limited Time receive a FREE HR Report on the "Critical HR Recordkeeping”.  This exclusive special report covers hiring records, employment relationships, termination records, litigation issues, electronic information issues, tips for better recordkeeping, and a list of legal requirements.  Download Now
Marital status. State regulations prohibit employers from making any distinction between married and unmarried women that is not made between married and unmarried men, and vice versa (804 MA Admin. Code Sec. 3.01(4)(a)(5)).
Under the FEPA, it is unlawful labor practice for an employer to:
• Refuse to hire or employ or to bar or discharge from employment on the basis of a protected characteristic.
• Discriminate against an individual in compensation or in terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).
• Print or circulate any statement, advertisement, or publication or to use any form of application for employment or to make any inquiry or record in connection with employment that expresses any limitation, specification, or discrimination as to a protected characteristic, unless based on a BFOQ.
• Discharge, expel, or otherwise discriminate against any person for opposing any practices forbidden under the FEPA or for filing a complaint, ...

>> Read more about Civil Rights

More on this topic:

State Requirements

National | Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming |

Massachusetts Civil Rights Resources

Civil Rights Products

What to Do About Personnel Problems in [Your State]
Understand how to comply with all HR regulations in YOUR state with this practical resource. You get plain-English explanations of state laws on over 200 key personnel topics. Includes comparisons of your state HR laws vs. federal. No wonder our customers call this service "THE HR RED BOOK™".
Subscription includes online companion site with links/news!
Book available either in print or on CD!"
What to Do About Personnel Problems [in Your State] on CD-ROM
This practical CD ROM resource is the easy way to understand how to comply with all HR regulations in YOUR state. You get plain-English explanations of state laws on over 200 key personnel topics. Includes comparisons of your state HR laws vs. federal. No wonder our customers call this service "THE HR RED BOOK®".
Available in CD or Print delivery."
It's All About Respect: Avoid Discrimination in Your Workplace
Open discussions just by opening BLR’s newest booklet. Through interactive exercises, case studies and straight forward talk your employees learn how discrimination can happen and what they can do to prevent it. "
Gender Pay Equity Webinar Recording
BLR Webinar: "Gender Pay Equity: How to Use More Than Salary Numbers to Close the Gap""
What to Save, What to Shred Webinar Recording
BLR Webinar: "What to Save, What to Shred: Legal and Practical Recordkeeping Rules for HR""
Free Special Reports
Get Your FREE HR Management Special Report. Download Any One Of These FREE Special Reports, Instantly!
Featured Special Report
Claim Your Free Copy of Critical HR Recordkeeping

Record retention is complex and time consuming. However, in addition to complying with various federal and state laws, keeping good, well-organized records can be very helpful in documenting and supporting an organization’s employment actions.
Download Now!


This special report will discuss how you can ensure your records are in good order, and establish a record-retention policy.

Topics covered:
1. Hiring Records
2. Employment Relationships
3. Termination Records
4. Litigation Issues
5. Electronic Information Issues
6. Tips for Better Recordkeeping
7. A List of Legal Requirements

Make sure you have the information you need to know to keep your records in order.