notably, state and federal legislatures, administrative agencies, and courts – and often
addressing politically charged issues. Moreover, the law is not always easy for non-lawyers
to understand, as many statutes are difficult to read, and court decisions are sometimes
The complexity of employment law also results, in part, from the very nature of the
employer–employee relationship, which varies with each business and individual employee.
A particular employer’s situation might differ from the situation envisioned by a statute and
might require a creative solution, such as a contract addressing its particular needs. While
this Guide is not a substitute for legal advice from competent employment counsel, it is
meant as a helpful and informative overview of Massachusetts employment law. Employers
and employees are encouraged to use this Guide as a starting point in understanding their
rights and obligations. Some other resources can be found in Appendix O.
Selected Internet Resources for Employment Law (Websites)
Any comments for future editions of this Guide may be submitted to the Boston Bar
Association, 16 Beacon St., Boston, Massachusetts 02108, www.bostonbar.org.
MCAD Fact Sheet: Discrimination in the Workplace on Race, Color, National Origin or Ancestry
MCAD Fact Sheet: Age Discrimination
MCAD Fact Sheet: Parental Leave
MCAD Fact Sheet: Sexual Harassment in Employment
MCAD Model Sexual Harassment Policy