Massachusetts Fair Employment Law
The Fair Employment Law is an equal opportunity law poster by the Massachusetts Department Of Labor and Workforce Development. This poster is mandatory for some employers, including employers who employ 6 or more people.
This poster must be posted in a conspicuous place where all employees will see it who are working under an employer or has 6 or more employees. This poster describes the basis for which employers cannot discriminate against employees for, as well as rules against harassment, and rules regarding maternity leave and disabilities. In the poster there is also a notification on who to file a charge of discrimination to should an employee be discriminated against.
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FAIR EMPLOYMENT IN MASSACHUSETTS Boston Office: 1 Ashburton Pl., Suite 601, Boston, MA 02108 – P: 617-994-6000 F: 617-994-6024 New Bedford Office: 800 Purchase St., Room 501, New Bedford, MA 02740 – P: 508-990-2390 F: 508-990-4260 Springfield Office: 436 Dwight St., Room 220, Springfield, MA 01103 – P: 413-739-2145 F: 413-784-1056 Worcester Office: 484 Main St., Room 320, Worcester, MA 01608 – P: 508-453-9630 F: 508-755-3861 For more information, please see our website: www.mass.gov/mcad/ Rev. 4/7/2015 Applicants to and employees of private employers with 6 or more employees*, state and local governments, employment agencies and labor organizations are protected under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 151B from discrimination on the following bases: RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, SEX, GENDER IDENTITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENETIC INFORMATION, ANCESTRY, MILITARY SERVICE M.G.L. c. 151B protects applicants and employees from discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, compensation, benefits, training, classification and other aspects of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin (including unlawful language proficiency requirements), age (if you are 40 years old or older), sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, and military service. Religious discrimination includes failing to reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious practices where the accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. HARASSMENT Sexual harassment includes sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when (a) submission to or rejection of such advances, requests or conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment or as a basis for employment decisions; (b) such advances, requests or conduct have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a person’s work performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating or sexually offensive work environment. The law also prohibits harassment based on the protected classes set forth above. PARENTAL LEAVE The law requires employers to grant an employee who has completed an initial probationary period and has given two (2) weeks’ notice of the anticipated date of departure and the employee’s intention to return, at least eight (8) weeks of paid or unpaid leave for the purpose of childbirth, adoption of a child under 18, or adoption of a child under 23 years old if the child has a mental or physical disability. DISABILITY M.G.L. c. 151B prohibits discrimination the basis of disability, a record of disability or perceived disability, in hiring, promotion, discharge, compensation, benefits, training, classification and other aspects of employment. Disability discrimination may include failing to reasonably accommodate an otherwise qualified person with a disability. RETALIATION It is illegal to retaliate against any person because s/he has opposed any discriminatory practices or because s/he has filed a complaint, testified, or assisted in any proceeding before the Commission. It is also illegal to aid, abet, incite, compel or coerce any act forbidden under M.G.L. c. 151B, or attempt to do so. DOMESTIC WORKERS M.G.L. c. 151B prohibits discrimination and harassment against certain domestic workers where the employer has one (1) or more employee.* While some exclusions apply, domestic workers generally include individuals paid to perform work of a domestic nature within a household on a regular basis, such as housekeeping, housecleaning, nanny services, and/or caretaking. Employers are prohibited from engaging in sexual harassment and harassment and/or discrimination based on the protected classes described above, i.e. race, color, etc. Domestic workers are also entitled to parental leave. CRIMINAL HISTORY INQUIRIES The law prohibits employers from asking applicants on an initial employment application for any criminal background information unless an exemption by statute or regulation exists. MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY ADMISSION INQUIRIES Employers may not refuse to hire or terminate an employee for failing to furnish information regarding his/her admission to a facility for the care and treatment of mentally ill persons. An employment application may not seek information about an applicant’s admission to such a facility. IF YOU HAVE BEEN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST If you feel you have been harassed or discriminated against, you should immediately file a charge of discrimination with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, www.mcad.gov, at one of the offices below. An agreement with your employer to arbitrate your discrimination claim(s) does not bar you from filing a charge of discrimination.
Other Massachusetts Labor Law Posters 5 PDFS
There are an additional six optional and mandatory Massachusetts labor law posters that may be relevant to your business. Be sure to also print all relevant state labor law posters, as well as all mandatory federal labor law posters.
|Poster Name||Poster Type|
|Mandatory Workers' Compensation Poster||Workers Compensation Law|
|Mandatory Workers' Compensation Poster (Spanish)||Workers Compensation Law|
|Mandatory Information on Employees' Unemployment Insurance Coverage||Unemployment Law|
|Mandatory Right to Know Workplace Notice||Job Safety Law|
|Mandatory Massachusetts Wage & Hour Laws||General Labor Law Poster|
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