The Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA) prohibits discrimination based on 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 (including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)), unless the protected characteristic constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ), i.e., is necessary in order to perform the job in question. In addition, employers are prohibited from printing or circulating any job notice or advertisement, making any preemployment inquiry, or using any employment application that indicates a discriminatory limitation or specification, unless the limitation or specification is based on a BFOQ. FEPA’s prohibitions apply to all public employers and private employers with six or more employees (MA Gen. Laws Ch. 151B Sec. 1 et seq.).