Massachusetts Diversity laws & HR compliance analysis

Massachusetts Diversity: What you need to know

The Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA) prohibits employment practices that discriminate 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. 1 et seq.). The FEPA covers all public employers and private employers with six or more employees.
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The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) provides discrimination prevention training to employers for supervisors and managers, line staff, equal employment opportunity (EEO) specialists, and human resources professionals. Customized sessions cover a variety of topics, including preventing and addressing discrimination and discriminatory harassment in the workplace (including sexual harassment) and conducting internal discrimination complaint investigations. For more information on the resources available to employers through the MCAD, go to
Last reviewed August 2016.

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Massachusetts Diversity Resources

Type Title
Handouts Workplace Diversity (Handout)
PowerPoints Managing Non-English-Speaking Employees
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