Post Content

According to, there are several ways in which employers can discriminate against job applicants and employees, including denying you a job based on your race, or paying you less money because of your country of origin.  Some of the main types of discrimination are:

Discrimination by Race or Color
Race discrimination occurs when an employer treats you unfavorably because of your race.  For example, employers cannot:
Deny you employment or harass you at work because of your racial characteristics, including your skin color, facial features, hair type, etc.

Sex-based Discrimination
It is illegal to discriminate against you based on your sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  Examples include:
Sexual harassment at work, including unwelcome sexual advances or sexual favors.
Offensive remarks about someone’s sex or gender identity.

Disability Discrimination
People with disabilities have protections under federal laws and cannot be treated unfavorably in the workplace.  For example:
Employers cannot ask you whether you have a physical or mental disability, only if you are able to perform a certain job.

Age Discrimination
The law protects both job applicants and employees who are age 40 or older from discrimination. For example, employers cannot:
Advertise age preferences of applicants in job postings.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has a full list of discrimination practices by type and other resources here.

For the resources available through the Trial Court Law Libraries’ website access Mass. Law about Discrimination and Mass. Law about Employment.

Written By:

Recent Posts

New Law Gives Added Protections for Persons with Disabilities posted on Feb 20

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a new law on February 13, 2020 which gives more protections to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  Chapter 19 of the Acts of 2020 establishes a registry for caretakers in Massachusetts who have been found to have caused serious physical   …Continue Reading New Law Gives Added Protections for Persons with Disabilities

Real Estate Recording Fees to be Increased posted on Dec 10

Under Massachusetts General Laws chapter 44B section 8,  real property conveyance documents recorded at the Registry of Deeds are subject to a Community Preservation Act surcharge.  This law was amended by chapter 41 sections 29 and 30 of the Acts of 2019.  Effective December 31,   …Continue Reading Real Estate Recording Fees to be Increased

Portraits in Massachusetts Law: Lucy Stone posted on Nov 13

Portraits in Massachusetts Law: Lucy Stone

Portraits in Massachusetts Law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates. These pages provide links to biographical information abut people who have been particularly important in legal history in Massachusetts, as our government took shape in the cauldron of the American Revolution and grew and changed throughout   …Continue Reading Portraits in Massachusetts Law: Lucy Stone