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Human Rights

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If you feel you have been discriminated against in Worcester, we encourage you to contact the Office of Human Rights.

What is discrimination?

Discrimination is unfair treatment because of an individual's perceived or actual membership in a particular group.

What groups are covered under Massachusetts civil rights laws?

Massachusetts civil rights laws protect individuals from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, mortgage lending, credit and education. Each of these areas offers specific protections to particular groups. Protected groups include:

  • Disability (defined according to the Americans with Disabilities Act - physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities)
  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Family Status
  • Source of Income (includes Section 8 and Welfare)
  • Marital Status (includes married and non-married)
  • Sex (includes sexual harassment, male and female)
  • Sexual Orientation (heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual)
  • Age
  • Religion
  • Military Status
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