Massachusetts law prohibits an employer from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, or nationality if the employer has a contract with the state for construction on a public works project. Employers that violate this law will be fined up to $100 (MA Gen. Laws Ch. 272 Sec. 98B).
All contracts entered into by the executive branch and its agencies must include provisions prohibiting contractors and subcontractors from engaging in discriminatory employment practices; certifying that they are in compliance with applicable state and federal laws governing fair labor and employment practices; and committing them to purchase supplies and services from certified minority-owned or women-owned businesses, small businesses, businesses owned by socially or economically disadvantaged persons, or persons with disabilities (Executive Order 526).
Public works contracts. All contracts and subcontracts for public school construction and library projects must include the Commonwealth's Supplemental Equal Employment Opportunity/Anti-Discrimination and Affirmative Action Program as part of the contract (60 MA Admin. Code Sec. 38.12(6)). Contractors for library projects must also comply with Executive Order 526 and include a provision for a 10 percent set-aside for minority- and women-owned businesses.