Both Massachusetts and federal law allow employees to seek legal remedies when faced with discriminatory practices. If you feel you have suffered employment discrimination, it is critical to take action to protect your rights. You may be able to seek help within your organization, especially where your employer has a human resources department or there is a manager you can trust.
However, your next step would be to file a complaint with either the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). While you are not legally required to retain an attorney, it is wise to do so considering special circumstances and requirements related to these filings.
It is not always easy to recognize when an employer is engaging in unlawful discrimination. Some examples may help you identify instances of discrimination in the workplace:
Massachusetts state government website pertaining to workplace discrimination. Also provides links to specific types of discrimination.
Descriptions of the laws which the EEOC enforces. Each also has a link to the original text of the law.
The website of the Massachusetts organization, like the EEOC on the national level, which enforces anti-discrimination laws.
Links to decisions on past charges of discrimination filed to the MCAD.
Massachusetts state government run website which provides links to the “laws, regulations, cases and web sources on discrimination law.”