The Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Law (FEPL) prohibits employers from using any type of application form that makes any inquiry or expresses any “limitation, specification, or discrimination” as to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy or a condition related to said pregnancy (including lactation or the need to express breast milk for a nursing child), ancestry, status as a veteran, age (40 years and older), or handicap, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) exception (MA Gen. Laws Ch. 151B Sec. 4). The FEPL also prohibits employers from denying initial employment based on a person’s military status.
The FEPL covers employers with six or more employees (MA Gen. Laws Ch. 151B Sec. 1).
Retaliation prohibited. It is unlawful for an employer to discharge, expel, or otherwise discriminate against a person who has opposed any discriminatory practice prohibited by the Act.